What is Forest Schools?
Forest Schools (FS) is a developmental learning approach that centres on building learner confidence and self-esteem through regular engagement with the natural world. Developed in Scandinavia the Forest School principles and benefits are now recognised and adopted by outdoor learning practitioners across the UK.
“Forest School is 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 is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.” Forest School Association
Benefits of Forest Schools
More and more schools in the UK are learning the real benefit of giving their pupils an opportunity to engage in regular outdoor learning activities that lead to a positive relationship with the natural world.
Forest School sessions undertaken over the long term have shown clear and positive improvements in learner behaviour, attitudes and confidence, all of which makes an important difference to learning and behaviour in the classroom.
Wildchild Forest Schools
At Wildchild, we adopt the Forest Schools principles across all our adventure programmes. We believe the time children spend with us, whether it be a day or a week, is an invaluable opportunity for them to build a real connection with the great outdoors, providing a unique, hands-on outdoor learning opportunity.
We apply the Forest Schools approach to our adventure days and residential trips in a number of ways:
– Our locations are carefully chosen to provide acres of woodland in which children have the space and resources to explore and learn from the natural environment around them.
– We deliver a structured programme of activities designed to give children a consistent, hands-on opportunity to engage with the outdoors. Activities such as shelter building, fire-lighting, orienteering and campfire cooking give children an understanding of the practical world around them, and the opportunity to learn practical new skills.
– Our combination of bushcraft, teambuilding and outdoor adventure activities give children the opportunity to learn to work as a team, to take supported risks, and to develop their independence and self-confidence.
– Wherever possible, we use natural resources to support all of our activities.