Forest School

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‘I love Forest school. It’s fun, you get muddy and I like making animal dens.’ Dylan (Dolphin Class)

Forest School is an inspirational process,that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Principles of Forest school:

  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Benefits of forest school:

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Development of physical skills
  • Development of language and communication skills
  • Increased levels of motivation and concentration
  • Demonstration of an improved relationship with and understanding of the outdoors

www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/ 

Useful Websites/Documents

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SERG_Forest_School_research_summary

www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/infd-5z3jvz

Our Forest School at Nelson 2015