forest school

The Forest schools concept originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s. It is an inspirational process that encourages learners to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on, outdoor learning experiences in a woodland, forest or natural environment. This learning environment helps children to explore the natural world by doing, developing their natural skills in problem-solving, social interaction, risk-taking in a safe environment, thinking and general wellbeing to last them a lifetime. 

Research in the early year’s sector shows the positive impact that these types of schools have on young children’s development. Our Forest school activities are led by a Forest School Qualified Teacher with several years’ experience working with children

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Forest school takes place in the wildlife garden, where we enjoy the natural environment surrounded by trees, mud kitchen etc -in all weathers.

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Benefits of Forest School
Forest School stimulates a child’s self-confidence and independence through hands-on, outdoor learning. It is a place to learn about problem-solving, social skills, assessing risk in a safe environment.

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NHS guidelines suggest that children under the age of 5 need 3 hours of exercise per day; to include a combination of cardiovascular, bone strengthening, and muscle building exercises.  Our Forest School environment provide the kids with this safe exercise environment.

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Exploring the natural

environement

Forest School Activities

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Learning about trees,

plants and creepy-crawlies

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Learning about insects and animals through investigation

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Learning to use garden

tools safely 

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Working with other children to learn about teamwork, social and problem-solving skills

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Getting messy and creative in a safe, supervised environment.

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Planting and

cultivating crops

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Learning about boundaries and risk assessment in a safe environment

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Learning about the environment and how our actions impact upon it 

The sessions are supervised and staffed on a 1 adult to 4 children ratio, and run by qualified Forest School leaders, alongside staff from the nursery.

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Also, a paediatric first aider is always present!

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