A Forest School is an outdoor learning environment with a child-centred learning process that focuses on play, exploration and supported risk-taking. Both problem-solving and self-discovery are important features of Forest Schools. Encouraging children to learn through hands-on experiential learning in a natural setting helps to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

With forest school you can expect to do a variety of actives surrounding the aspects listed below;

  • Art and creative activities – This could include using natural
    products such as leaves, sticks and mud for artwork. Learners
    could also make their own paint or dyes. Growing plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
  • Bush craft and survival activities – This could include building
    shelters and foraging.
  • Use of tools – Learners could use tools such as knives,
    hammers, saws or fire.
  • Outdoor curriculum – This could be outdoor activities designed
    around English, Science or Mathematics.
  • Outdoor food and play – For example, foraging and cooking on campfires. This could include a mud kitchen and den building.
  • Treasure hunts, trails and  Memory activities.
  • Tree activities – This could include discovering the height and
    age of the tree, building a bird’s nest, identifying tree species, and
    decorating trees.
  • Animal activities – This could include identifying insects,
    creating habitats, animal tracking, bird surveys.
  • Sensory activities – Activities that focus on some or all of the
    five senses.

 

 

Forest Schools encourage children to be physically active. The variety
of sessions and activities that are offered provide a host of learning
experiences for the child. As well as the physical and educational
benefits of attending a Forest School, the social and emotional
development of the child are at the forefront of Forest School learning.

Some of the benefits include:

  • An increase in self-belief
  • An increase in confidence
  • Improved problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills –
  • An increase in motivation and concentration
  • The development of physical skills and motor skills
  • Promotes emotional intelligence
  • Focus on physical health
  • Builds resilience