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Forest School Principles

Guardians of the Forest

Where we grow, alongside nature.

1)   Forest School is a long-term learning opportunity consisting of frequent and regular sessions, that takes place in a natural environment throughout the year, in all weathers.  Forest School aims to foster a partnership between pupils, parents and teaching staff to deepen our understanding and shape future learning experiences. The cycle of planning, observation, adaptation, and review links each session.

 

2)   Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.  Forest School uses natural resources whilst considering sustainability to stimulate and extend imagination and curiosity.

 

3)   Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners where all involved can grow in confidence, resilience and independence, both physically and psychologically.  Forest School aims to link, where possible, curriculum and life experiences in a meaningful way with hands-on practical investigations.

 

4)   Forest School offers learners the opportunity to push boundaries to try new things and take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves, whilst under a safety net of skilled supervision.  The use of tools and fire form a part of the Forest School Programme following the interests and abilities of the learners.  Strict safety procedures are adhered to and robust risk assessments in place.

 

5) Forest School is run by Level 3 qualified Forest School practitioners with Paediatric and Forest School First Aid Certificates and full DBS, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.  The adult to child ratio is dependent on the age and number in the group.  All adults on site are aware of policies and procedures relating to Forest School.

 

6)   Forest School allows a range of learner-centred, exploration and play based learning and development opportunities.  Planning to achieve this is achieved by observation of and communication. Play and choice are integral features of Forest School.  Equal value is given to all ages, abilities and learning styles.  Forest School gives time for calm reflection, understanding of achievements and the development of emotional intelligence in order to plan our next adventures.


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