Forest School is not about doing activities outdoors or “playing in the woods” but a whole way of thinking and being. To the outside observer it looks like it is about playing outside just getting muddy but the heart of the Forest School way is the “why?”, “what for?”, “what can we learn from this?” and not really the “what?”.
There are 6 basic principles to Forest School which can be found in detail on the FSA website but as a brief outline Forest School should involve the same group of children, regularly visiting the same space (at least every other week), ideally within a Woodland setting (though this is not compulsory) over a long time period (minimum of 6 weeks) and with a high ratio of adults to children. It is a place where all participants are viewed equal and encouraged to experience and explore. It is a 'learner centred approach' run by qualified leaders that is there to compliment the wider learning of the individual by increasing confidence, independence and self-esteem through regular experiences and play in the natural environment.
Our Forest School Leaders are:
Mrs Williams - L3 Forest School Practitioner
Mrs Wales - L2 Forest School Assistant
Mrs Powell - Trainee L3 Forest School Practitioner
For more information and our Forest School policies visit the Forest School page in the curriculum area under Key Information on this website.