Forest School allows children to gain an understanding of the natural environment whilst developing the Forest School ethos, namely, raising self-esteem, developing confidence, independence, improving language and communication skills, and using the out of doors to improve their mindfulness and mental heath.
Forest School allows the opportunity for children to experience the outdoors through exploration by developing their understanding of a woodland environment and the conservation of such areas. By teaching our children to respect and care for the environment, we are helping them gain a better understanding of the environment they live in and the world around them.
By providing our children with the opportunity to participate in regular Forest School sessions, we allow those children who are not necessarily academic, or confident in a classroom environment to shine. We allow them to discover what they enjoy what they are good at and watch them flourish and grow in that. As their confidence and enjoyment grows in the Forest, teachers also notice an improvement in their attitude to learning in the classroom too.
Some children relish in the challenge of Forest School and they are given many opportunities throughout their school life to face these challenges, enabling them to build more resilience and strength as they get older. The last challenge our upper KS2 pupils face is “I’m a Survivor, Get me out of here!” This is complete with bushtucker trials and tricky tasks to win stars. The pupils really enjoy this and love the whole experience – honest!
Forest School takes place in all weathers and all seasons, we believe that there is no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothing, so we expect all children and staff to come appropriately dressed.
As a parent in Shropshire once said: