Forest school is an opportunity for children and young people to experience a holistic approach to learning in a woodland environment. This unique educational approach is designed with the children at its core and is proven to build confidence and self-esteem as well as a deeper understanding of the natural world. Forest school believes in learning from hands on experiences, this can range from outdoor play, using tools, building dens, making fires or many more outdoor activities which are both designed by the leader and instigated by the children themselves. Building a sense of independence, high self-esteem and social/communication skills are important parts of forest school however health and safety considerations are always of paramount importance.
The programme adopts a long term approach to outdoor play and learning. It focuses on the individuals that take part in the programme and their journey through forest school. Children engaged with forest school will take part in activities that are designed to motivate and provide a broader understanding of themselves and the natural environment in which they live. Forest school promotes a healthy and safe approach to outdoor learning and encourages children’s development.
We can create tailored forest school programmes to meet the needs of your group or organisation and create sessions that are designed to target specific outcomes like increasing confidence or building on risk awareness skills for example. The forest school programme puts an emphasis on child lead activities and encourages children to try things that interest them.
A minimum period of 6 weeks is recommended for forest school programmes to encourage long term development and a deeper involvement with the programme and activities.