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
- Animal activities – This could include identifying insects,
creating habitats, animal tracking, bird surveys.
- Sensory activities – Activities that focus on some or all of the
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