The ethos of Forest school is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and their capacity to investigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. Forest school is based more on the process of learning than it is on the content – more on the HOW than the what.
Children and young people are given encouragement to direct their own learning- through stimulating play in the outdoors or through scaffolding a child learning, but mostly through simply observing how children are in the outdoors.
Significantly, and on many levels, a woodland environment is central in supporting this very dynamic approach to learning ;the passage of time from the changing of the seasons, to the contemplation of an ancient tree; the dynamic nature of an outdoor environment-an infinite source of smells, textures, sounds and tastes; a range of visual stimuli from near to far, high to low, very big to very small.
We are extremely lucky to have an HLTA to lead on forest schools, Cristina is fully trained and has a wealth of experience teaching forest schools. She along with the help from the team around forest school have created an amazing environment to teach forest school from. We call it Herons Forest. The children have really taken an interest in building Herons Forest and being involved in the planning around future around the forest.
What Are Children in Forest School Going to Develop?
- Builds independence
- Spatial awareness
- Risk management
- Self- discovery
- Exploration of senses
- Team building
- Increase motivation to learn
- Social Skills
- Problem Solving
- Increased Self Esteem/Resilience
- Fine/Gross Motor Development
- Cross-Curricular Skills