What is Forest Schooling?
Forest schooling is an educational movement that helps children to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment with trees. This pioneering and inspirational movement began in Scandinavia in the early 20th century. It became a standard part of the Danish early years programme in the 1980s and has since spread rapidly across the UK as educators have begun to recognise the social, emotional and physical benefits of the approach for children with an array of learning styles.
Our Forest School Area
In September 2014, we worked in collaboration with Maids Moreton Pre-School to create a Forest School site in a large wooded area of our school field from which our children can all benefit. Our children have access to the Forest Schools Area both at playtimes and as a timetabled part of the Curriculum.
Forest School sessions take place regardless of weather. Only in extreme weather will we cancel a session. In order to use the Forest School area in lesson and playtime your child will need:
- Oversize waterproof coat [to wear over normal outdoor coat]
- Waterproof trousers
- Sun hat/Winter weather hat.
- Gloves, [weather dependent].
- Wellies, we have a limited stock.
- Spare socks
Our Forest School photos
Our children thoroughly enjoy their experiences of woodland learning as our photos demonstrate!