What is a Forest School & the benefits?

Forest School is a type of outdoor education which facilitates the holistic development of the learner through play, risk-taking and nature connection.

 What is a Forest school?

The Six Core Principles

  1. Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits;  the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  3. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  4. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  5. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  6. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

 To find out more about Forest School, or to join our Forest School community visit our website at: www.forestschoolassociation.org

What are the benefits of Forest school or Nature Play?

Rather than offer children highly organized activities we aim to connect children to nature through PLAY.    How can playing in nature help a child? 

Playing in nature

  • Benefits gross motor development, such as movements of the large muscles of the arms, legs, and torso..
  • Benefits a child’s balance (vestibular), strength and endurance
  • Increased attention span
  • Improved visual skills
  • Improved auditory processing skills (hearing)
  • Improved fine motor skills, such as the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists.
  • Improved social skills
  • Improved Creativity & imagination
  • Improves conflict resolution, overcoming adversity, & resilience

We would like them to follow their own Child -led interests and if they happen to learn about nature and the environment, it is a win, win for all of us!

If a child is learning as they attend our forest school it will incidental, & unplanned learning, rather than teacher or mentor planned.

We aim to develop childhood memories through playing in nature …….

“Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves.” ~ Stephen Moss

“They’re not just playing in nature, they are: Learning, creating, sensing, believing, relaxing, exploring, observing, wondering, connecting, discovering, appreciating, understanding, experimenting…”~  Penny Whitehouse