What is Forest School?
Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s as a way of learning about the natural world. Forest Schools allow children of all ages to visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis. Through play, they learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and, most importantly, to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Sessions run throughout the year, with the children going to the woods in all weathers. Children explore, play, learn boundaries of behaviour (both physical and social), and grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation.
What is a Forest School session like?
Forest School sessions will take place during school hours on a Tuesday afternoon. During this time, the children will be introduced to the activities for that day, the Forest School leader will discuss any safety issues and the children will choose their activity or will have time to play and explore independently.
Part of Forest School is teaching children about risks and how to evaluate them. The children will be taught to look after themselves and others, use simple tools and be safe around a fire. These activities will be introduced as the children in the group become ready for them and will be carefully supervised by an adult. By allowing children to take these measured risks, we help to prepare them for making choices when they are older and teach them to be actively responsible for themselves, their choices and actions.
We will meet back at the base camp and the children discuss what they have enjoyed and what they would like to do in their next session.
What should they wear?
We can provide some waterproof trousers and jackets, but if you have your own please remember to name all gear. Your child's wellingtons should be in school, but please send in some warm socks as they are too cold in the winter.
during cold weather:
- woolly hat, scarf and gloves
- comfortable, long trousers (school trousers are fine)
- warm sweatshirt or jumper (school jumper or fleece)
- a coat
- walking boots or sturdy shoes or wellingtons with warm socks!!
- spare set of clothes and underwear