Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.
Children are given the opportunity to engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in all weathers. Children may explore natural resources, use a range of tools to shape their environment and play. During these activities they will learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.
The Forest School ethos originated in Denmark, where it was found that children who had attended forest school developed strong social and communication skills, the ability to work in groups effectively, high self-esteem, resilience and a confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped to raise their academic achievements. The Forest School movement continues to provide rich opportunities for children to learn and play in the outdoors.
A Forest School encourages children to:
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