Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- equal,unique and valuable
- competent to explore & discover
- entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- entitled to experience regular success
- entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
- entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
This learner-centred approach interweaves with the
ever changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.
The Forest School Association describes Forest School as
"An inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees."
Forest school teaches children skills that will help them throughout their life. It enables children to take risks, develop self esteem, gain confidence, gain independence, become resilient, develop positive relationships, find their own strengths and weaknesses, problem solve and challenge themselves while being within a safe environment.
Every child can take part in Forest School and all will gain a sense of achievement when they have completed an activity by themselves or as part of a group. It develops an I can positive attitude instead of I can't do it.
Forest School develops the child as a whole Socially, Physically, Intellectually, Creatively, Emotionally and Spiritually as it gives children positive experiences to promote the holistic development of the child.