What is it?
Forest School offers an alternative learning environment, whilst building self-esteem and independence of pupils through exploring, reflection and experiences which is well-disciplined and stimulating. The aim is to provide opportunities for 'positive experiences and participation in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment, helping to develop personal and social and emotional skills'. We are dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between children and the natural world.
Strict safety routines and established boundaries are in placed that allows the flexibility and freedom for child-initiated learning.
The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences.
Pupils gain a better understanding of how all of life is connected and experience how our actions influence the world around us. With this understanding, we hope that our children will make choices in their daily lives to improve the health of the earth, themselves and each other.
The Role of a Forest School Leader
Our staff are fully trained and have tailored the Forest School programme to meet the many needs of our pupils, continuously developing as the children grow in confidence, skills and understanding.
The children are closely supervised to ensure their safety, to observe and encourage their personal development and to support their learning.
The Forest School ethos is embedded into all we do, in which children can use their talents to thrive, equipping them to be life-long learners.
We value the partnership which exists between school, parents and community and the part it plays in securing this vision.
Forest School Leaders engage in ongoing risk assessment before, during and after activities.
Risk assessment is an integral part of Forest School as learners develop their self-esteem and learn to manage risk for themselves.
• Forest School uses tools and fires only where deemed appropriate to the learners, and dependent on completion of a baseline risk assessment.
• Any Forest School experience follows a 'Risk–Benefit' process managed jointly by the practitioner and learner that is tailored to the developmental stage of the learner.