Forest School

"Children were constantly kept busy, but still remain free to explore and take their own learning forward"
Callis Grange Primary School

What is Forest School

Forest School is based on a Scandinavian concept of embracing the outdoors, giving children and adults a wonderful and rare opportunity to enjoy nature and the outdoors in a safe, secure and hands-on woodland environment all year round and in all weather.

Benefits of Forest School

Sadly there has been a decline in the amount of time that children play outside, therefore children’s development is suffering and they are disconnecting from nature. Playing outside gives children the vital skills to learn about themselves, how to manage risk and how to interact and communicate with others.

The 8 main outcomes Forest School aim to deliver are:

Confidence, social skills, language and communication, motivation and concentration, physical skills, knowledge and understanding, new perspectives and the ripple effect.

It’s a way for your child to experience

They do this by activities such as bug hunting, scavenger hunts, tree climbing, den building, working with tools, exploring animal homes and habitats, the fire circle and outdoor cooking, tree, flora and fauna identification and so much more.

These activities help children develop their self-esteem and grow in confidence. Their learning is accelerated in this environment.

These activities help children develop their
self-esteem and grow in confidence.

 They’ll learn how to manage their own risk and emotional intelligence. Children will understand how to communicate with each other and work in a team. This encourages brain and neural development, inspires creativity and imagination, develops fine motor skills and improves health and well-being.

Forest School works in harmony with nurseries, primary and secondary schools

by creating bespoke programmes alongside the curriculum and working directly with schools and their children. Forest School experiences can also be very successfully linked to cross-curricular learning and academic teaching, with positive effects having lasting results back in the classroom, at home and in the (wider) community.

With regular weekly sessions

Planned over a number of weeks, it helps engage reluctant learners, improves attendance, and makes children keen, eager to learn and become more absorbed in their school work, producing more motivated learners and communicators. Their learning is accelerated in this environment.