Forest school is an outdoor, nature-based learning experience for children that focuses on the holistic development of the child.
Forest Schools provides opportunities in an outdoor setting for children to develop a variety of skills. It is very physical and encourages children to be active, with lots of opportunities to develop both fine and gross motor skills. Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making sensible, informed decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they have. They are learning to be self-sufficient and take care of themselves, which boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Through trial and error they learn to deal with failure and develop the resilience to keep trying: a vital skill in the classroom as well as outside.
We also use Forest School lessons and our Wild Space area as an opportunity to enhance other areas of the national curriculum and regularly carry out Science, Geography and Art related activities in the Wild Space.
For further information, please read through the attached booklet.