The ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their ability to arouse, explore and develop curiosity in the world around them. It believes in children’s right to play and access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment); the right to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world; and the right to experience a healthy range of emotions, through social interaction and creative engagement with their peers.’
In our Forest School we believe strongly in pupil led learning. Students are able to choose their own levels of engagement and what they want to explore and learn. Each session is adapted to each classes needs and can be adapted to each pupils needs dependent on what their needs are that day. Pupils enjoy being able to play and explore and get messy and as staff it is wonderful to see and be able to engage and build relationships with pupils through facilitated play.
Forest school overviews:
In forest school we provide the activities and tools to learn and give children the power to choose what they want and we as adults stand back and observe this and follow their development. All children are viewed as unique and individual.
Pupils have access to one session of Forest School session per week. We encourage pupils to be outside in all-weather situations. Forest School sessions are held within our school grounds on a small woodland plot to help support our pupils to development a relationship and knowledge of themselves and the world around them.
Our Forest School program is based on two main objectives:
Risk: We give pupils the opportunity to forge their own risk assessments and decide whether certain activities such as tree climbing are worth the risk. This also gives pupils greater learning experiences especially how to learn and grow from these experiences.
Play: A lot of our Forest School sessions are devoted to play and learning through play, helping to explore and learn about themselves.