Why Forest School?
Social, Physical, Intellectual, Communication, Emotional, Spiritual
Exercise – Fresh air which can promote sleep
Learning about boundaries – Learn about safety when given freedom and when using tools, handling sticks, climbing trees
Develop skills – physical (when walking on uneven ground, tree climbing, log balancing) tools (when working alongside a qualified Forest School practitioner), tying knots for shelters and when making items such as picture frames
Increased understanding of and contact with the natural world. Particularly regarding the seasons as we explore the ‘classroom’ each day throughout the year.
Sensory exploration of natural objects and the outdoors including the weather. Describing these experiences and what we see, hear, smell, feel and taste. Discussing changes each session.
Increased opportunity for imagination and creative development as we climb, build, create and explore.
Team building – songs, stories, collaborative activities such as den building, fire circle
Respect– for living things in the environment such as worms, trees, birds. Listening to each other and other people’s ideas in games, activities
Cooperative play using mud kitchen, dens, hide and seek, obstacle courses. Using language to explain our ideas, thoughts and feelings.