Learning and Growing
In Forest School, children learn to take risks and learn to succeed with small, achievable tasks. They learn to manage their own risk levels to achieve personal safety, under the guidance of the Forest School Leader and support staff. From an early age, the children learn to use and care for a range of tools, such as bill hooks, pen knives, bow saws and loppers as well as rope techniques. They will also learn about the flora and fauna in their environment, lighting a fire safely, and basic personal care in the outdoors. The tasks the children undertake promote the development of self-confidence, patience and determination to succeed. An important feature of Forest School sessions in the Autumn and Spring terms is the sharing of successes around a cup of hot chocolate heated on the fire.
Sessions will take place at the school’s own woodland which the children will be helping to prepare by clearing pathways and other conservation tasks.
Why Forest School?
Forest School is not just an excuse for us all to have fun outdoors (although we do!). Forest School is a movement which originated in Scandinavia and was brought to England by Bridgwater College in the 1990's. It has a secure pedagogical underpinning and uses the outside environment to secure vital elements which allow children to learn and grow as individuals. These elements are positive self- esteem, increased sense of motivation, a sense of purpose and an understanding and affinity with surroundings. There is much documentary evidence to show how regular experience of Forest School can have dramatic and profound influences on child development, reaching much further than the edge of the forest - statistics show that children of all abilities make better progress when Forest School experiences are brought back into the conventional classroom. In this respect, Forest School fits perfectly with developing the 'whole' child and engenders in our children a love and respect for the environment in which they live. By taking part in Forest School regularly, we believe our children will develop more strongly as individuals and have emotional and physical tools which will help them grow into successful and autonomous adults.