“Forest School, is an inspirational process, that offers children and young people opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment” (FSA’).
Well organised session, with lots of fun activities that helped the students to remain interested. The Forest School is a fantastic learning environment. –Catherine Boyle, Burnley College.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- equal, unique and valuable
- competent to explore & discover
- entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- entitled to experience regular success
- entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
- entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
The benefits of Forest School:
- During Forest School sessions children are physically active a lot of the time; playing games, using tools and creating nature crafts. This activity and access to the outdoors may lead to further opportunities to visit outdoor spaces with friends and family.
- Happiness is the epitome of childhood! Recent research by Unicef placed the UK bottom of a league table of 21 industrialised countries for child well-being. It is challenging for children to be truly happy in the UK with pressure to achieve and the sheer pace of modern life having negative effects.
- Our Forest School provision allows children to carry out small, achievable tasks at their own pace, develop team working skills and learn to be independent.
- Many children lose confidence quickly so by becoming engaged in Forest School they learn to solve problems, show creativity and imagination and in turn, build confidence. This confidence spills out into other areas of their lives helping children to achieve and grow.
- Listening to each other’s ideas quickly allows children to learn that teamwork often helps to get the job done more quickly. Whether it’s beguiling a shelter, lighting a fire or creating team games, children will learnt to communicate effectively and develop their discussion skills.