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The Forest School was an idea developed in Denmark in the 1950's. It stemmed from their Early Years Education. The philosophy of a Forest School is to inspire individuals through a range of positive experiences. Children should be able to participate in engaging and motivating achievable tasks set in a woodland environment. Through these activities children should develop personal, social and emotional skills including independence, self-discovery, confidence communication and raised self-esteem. Forest Schools allow children not only to achieve through a creative approach to the curriculum, they will also learn and acquire important life skills that cannot be offered in the classroom.
Forest Schools sessions run on a Thursday afternoon and are based in a small area of woodland within walking distance of the school. Sessions run all year round and in all weathers (except high winds) and are comprised of small activities that encourage children to participate and also child-led activities.
Part of the Forest Schools experience is to allow children to follow their own ideas and allow them to carry out activities following these interests as they develop over the weeks.
You might find our Forest Schools Guide helpful.