Forest School

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What are Forest Schools? 
Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.

Our experience has convinced us that being outdoors enables all young people to access learning opportunities more fully and approach their learning in different ways. Once young people experience the freedom of learning outside the classroom we believe they can flourish in areas as diverse as self-esteem, social skills, literacy, physical skills and creative development.

Forest Schools can appeal strongly to children and young people who may not be so engaged with the classroom environment and even young people seen as disruptive inside can display vast improvements in behavior and motivation when offered challenges outside.

Forest School activities are particularly suited to encouraging:

  • team working
  • independent inquiry
  • self-management
  • reflective learning
  • effective participation
  • creative thinking

Teaching children outdoors encourages curiosity and stimulates all the senses in a way that indoor learning simply can't do. Education research by Kings College London has found that children who spend time learning in natural environments perform better in academic studies. Read our Parent Guide to find out more; click here to view.

Jeanette, our Forest School Instructor, has recently been working with Year 1, 3, 4 & 5. See our photographs below...

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Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

"Forest School is a feeling you can’t put into words." Tonicha; aged 9

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The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

"I don’t have ADHD when I`m out in the woods." David; aged 14

“I love forest school, it has really helped me think about my behaviour, I never get a chance to do things like this!” Mason; Year 5

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“My son is much calmer and settled at home if he has had an afternoon of Forest School. He really likes to be hands on and has really helped with his behaviour at home. We have used it as an incentive at home, this works really well!” Parent

“The change in this child has been magnificent. He is now much more eager to come into school. His engagement in class has improved and is able to link the skills learnt from forest school into lessons” Teacher

Alexandra, Jeanette (Mrs)

“What I observed during this session is that they wanted to help each other. They are prepared to share the resources, they understand the boundaries and behave accordingly. Camp fires are certainly their favourite and we planned another session during the week where we would make popcorn."

Jeanette Alexander