Forest School is a unique learning vehicle to encourage children to explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships. The opportunity to spend time outside in a structured and supportive environment enables children to develop their understanding of the world, the environment and themselves, using their emotions, imagination and senses.
Forest Schools consciously generate positive social and emotional outcomes for children through child-led experiences in a woodland setting. There are strong links into Every Child Matters (2004), the Early Years Foundation Stage (2008) and the National Curriculum at all stages.
Forest School programmes support and complement classroom learning, providing children with an extra dimension in their emotional, intellectual and academic development:
There is no limit to the experiences and curiosities that Forest School can bring. Children discover potential, abilities and interests that surprise themselves and others. Safety codes provide clear boundaries and learning goals give clear direction, but energy and inspiration come from all around.
Your child will need suitable outdoor clothes, depending on the season. Many layers are much better than one thick jumper as they can add and take off depending on how warm or cold they feel. Jogging bottoms/leggings and long sleeved t-shirts are essential in the warmer weather due to stingers, brambles and moving around in the tree areas. Suitable outdoor footwear is essential. A hat and gloves may be required, depending on the weather. Please ensure these are brought in a named bag on each Friday your child is involved in Forest School.