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Forest School

Rooted in nature, Growing in knowledge

Forest school is a nature-immersed educational program that prioritizes the comprehensive growth and development of children. It entails sustained, ongoing engagement rather than sporadic sessions, guided by certified forest school professionals. With an emphasis on child-centeredness, there is a significant adult-to-child ratio to ensure optimal supervision and support. Through astute observation as opposed to directive instruction, our approach can be customized according to the specific requirements of each group we serve. 

The Six
Principles

Forest School is defined by 6 core principles, which were agreed by the Forest School community in 2011.

Long Term Principle

Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits. The cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

Nature Principle

Forest School takes place in a natural or woodland environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Holistic Learning Principle

Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Risk Principle

Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Leadership Principle

Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Community Principle

Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

Examples of Forest School Activities

Sensory walks – sit spots, listening to nature, playing in leaves and mud

Team Building and Trust Activities

Shelter Building

Nature Trails and Bug Hunt

Mud Kitchen

Fire Making and Lighting

Storytelling and Imaginative Play

Natural Music

Tree Climbing

Campfire Cooking

Rope Play

Basic Tool Use and Woodwork

Nature Arts and Crafts

Foraging

Some of the lasting benefits gained from attending forest school include:

  • Developing safe risk taking and the confidence to challenge oneself
  • Space to develop creativity, imagination and learn new skills 
  • Developing a deep respect for nature and the environment 
  • Improving gross and fine motor skills, agility and stamina. 
  • Experiencing a sense of well-being and peace in nature.

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