Forest School

Ofsted (2019) "Children form firm friendships. Right from the start, children learn the importance of sharing and taking turns They mix well together with no hint of any unhappiness."

We are proud to have amazing Forest School areas for the children to explore and develop their self-esteem and confidence.

We were very lucky to secure a ‘Tesco Bags 4 Help’ grant to develop our outdoor area. Forest School sessions are child led and will take place in our natural outdoor area. Free exploration in the outdoors helps children to grow and learn in a fun and meaningful way. This unique approach promotes development of the whole child, their self esteem, confidence and independence through child-initiated activities. They are encouraged to take risks, learn how to solve problems and overcome difficulties in a safe environment. Forest Schooling has a wonderful effect on children’s social and emotional development. Two of our teaching team are fully trained as Level 3 Forest School practioners and they will support all of our staff to ensure that the children are inspired by the outdoors.

Ten Benefits of Forest School

  1. Confidence
    Forest School helps children to grow in confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given in their learning. This allows them to demonstrate independence at each individual child’s level of development.
  2. Social skills
    Activities such as sharing tools and participating in play help teach the children to work together as a group, which strengthens their bonds and social skills.
  3. Communication
    The sensory experiences provided by Forest School’s helps promote language development. Improving communication skills has a positive effect on a child’s self-esteem and is a crucial part of their development.
  4. Motivation and concentration
    High levels of interest lead to high levels of attention. Spending time in the woodland is exciting for a child. It tends to fascinate them which develops a strong will to participate and concentrate over long periods of time.
  5. Physical skills
    The increase in outdoor activity is bound to have a positive physical impact. Not only does the development of physical stamina improve but also gross and fine motor skills.
  6. Knowledge and understanding
    Children develop an interest in the great outdoors and respect for the environment. Encouraging children to develop a relationship with the natural world will help in protecting the environment for generations to come.
  7. New perspectives
    Forest School isn’t just beneficial to children it is also beneficial to teachers. Observing their class in a different setting allows them to gain a new perspective and understanding of their class.
  8. Ripple effects
    When children really engage with Forest Schools they will take their experiences home to share with friends and family. This will often encourage families to visit their local woodlands more frequently.
  9. Levels the playing field
    Taking children outside of the classroom removes the pressures of academia and allows them to play to their strengths. This is beneficial to children who struggle in the classroom because there is more of an opportunity for them to learn at their own pace.
  10. Enjoyable for the children
    Forest Schools are fun! It is educational whilst also allowing children to play, explore and discover.  Children who participate in Forest Schools are generally observed to be happier. The fresh air, the excitement, getting mucky – it doesn’t get child friendlier than that.