Forest Schools refers to a style of teaching that has its roots in Scandinavia, where children spend as much time as possible outside in a woodland environment engrossed in hands on, child led learning experiences. The child led aspect of forest schools is perhaps the most crucial element with the outdoor environment facilitating the vast number of learning styles that children benefit from.

We have an amazing new Forest School area that we are hoping as many of our classes can benefit from; currently our Year 1 class have daily access. Our very own Miss Stones and Mrs Hennessey are both very nearly Level 3 qualified Forest School practitioners who both enjoy exploring the outdoors. During a series of forest schools sessions, the range of activities can vary widely with the interests of participants but a typical set of sessions could include: Den building, fire pit cooking, tool use, wide games and flora and fauna identification. This list is by no means exhaustive; the sessions are very much led by the needs and direction of the children themselves.

Being outside in itself has such rich benefits for our lives, children and adults. “Children need nature for the healthy development of their senses, and, therefore, for learning and creativity”. Being able to give children space to learn in, in and through the natural world, provides a rich and challenging learning environment. Opportunities for outdoor play are life giving for children. “During free and imaginative play children create their own chances to do so many things; from manipulating small objects to increasing their agility, from estimating sizes to creating special places, from working through stress to simply nodding off, feeling safe”.