What is Forest School?
Forest School is a long-term approach to education, for children, and young people, it maximises the benefits of learning in the outdoors. It is a fantastic process that provides opportunities and experiences for children to achieve and develop confidence, self-esteem and knowledge of our natural environment; through first hand experiences.
‘The Forest in the dip’ is a welcoming place where there are opportunities for all children to develop an appreciation and understanding of the wonders of our natural environment; through a process of discovery and exploration.
We believe everybody should have regular, long-term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. Forest School offers a learner-centred approach, where children can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk.
Learners will be developing lifelong skills that will be transferable through schooling and into adult hood including: developing confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy developing social skills through team work, communicating, discussing and reflecting.
Our Forest School takes place in a dedicated area of the school grounds, beyond the playground area and adjacent to the school playing field and the school’s perimeter fence.
Our activities will depend on the ability and experience of participants. Examples of Forest School activities include:
- Woodland management
- Environmental exploration
- Nature exploration
- Building dens and other structures
- Fires and cooking
- Games and invitations for imaginative play and discovery
- Natural crafts
- Using tools, such as knives and saws
- Scavenger hunts and adventure
- Seasonal celebrations
- Creative storytelling
We love helpers at Forest School and have had mums, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunties and uncles come along and join in our sessions - this is great as we like to have a high ratio of adults to children during forest school!
If you are available to help with any of the forest school sessions, please contact the school office detailing times you are free.