Forest School in the UK has been adapted from the Scandinavian approach to learning where the use of the outdoor environment is encouraged throughout the year in all weathers. The original concept came about in Sweden in the 1950s and developed throughout other Scandinavian and European countries.
Forest school is a fun, inspirational process that has a unique, specialised learning approach in a woodland or natural environment. This style of education aims at taking the classroom outdoors to encourage exploration, discovery and to feel a connection with the natural world. Forest school is a long term process of regular sessions, offering learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences using traditional woodland crafts, games and skills.
Our sessions are designed to suit the age and needs of the group and have a learner-centred approach within the structure of the programme.
At Forest school individuals can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent, those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident using them and this can form a basis of a life long relationship with nature.
Benefits and desired outcomes of regular Forest school sessions
- Confidence building
- Healthier, happier attitude to learning
- Development of hand-eye coordination
- Eagerness to participate and discover new things for themselves
- Inspired to explore and be creative
- Working together, helping each other to work as a group
- Recognition of their own strengths
- A sense of achievement during tasks (however small)
- Using tools confidently
- Taking on individual responsibility for the session
- Increasing gross motor skills
- Recognition (in themselves) of the value that the child brings to relationships
- Using all the senses to facilitate the learning process
- Increase in knowledge of plants and animals
- Forming trusting relationships and friendships
- Awareness of their impact upon the environment
- Raising awareness of the variety of their local environment
- Understanding the needs of other living organisms
- Greater self-belief