Forest School


What is Forest School?

Forest School roots reach back to Scandinavia where children take part, all year round, in nature clubs to learn and play in natural environments. Our Forest School is all about kids and what they want to achieve. Some may decide to learn how to craft, track birds or make fires, others might prefer to run in the woods, jump in puddles or climb trees. Whichever one they choose the important thing is to be outside, have fun and connect with nature.

Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits. See our Activity Days or Outdoor Learning Days for one off or shorter programmes.

View our recent Forest School gallery, and see our Blog for feedback.

Why Forest School?

Because being outdoors helps your child development in many ways:

Health and Fitness:  

  • It reduces considerably the risk of becoming overweight. A child that enjoys physical activities is less likely to become obese later in its life.  
  • Being outdoor improves distance vision and lowers the chance of near sightedness  
  • Nature appears to improve symptoms of ADHD in children by 30%.

Language and concentration:

  • It improves academic performance; schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests.
  • Daily exposure to natural settings increases children’s ability to focus.

Social:

  • Nature makes you nicer, enhance social interactions and help building your confidence.
  • Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces

Kids and teenagers give a true and sincere testimony of how they feel about nature after one of our many courses.

                   

 What do kids do?

  • Making crafts from natural resources. 
  • Learn how to make fire safely.  
  • Developed their confidence, imagination and physical ability through unstructured nature awareness games.  
  • Looking for flora and fauna in their natural environment.
  • Forage, cook and eat as a group.
  • Making dens and tracking animals.  
  • Secrets of ropes and knots.  
  • Jumping in puddles and climbing trees.  
  • Having Fun Outdoor!
  • And much more...

What next?

Forest School being a long term process we found that the best way to do it is to work directly with local schools.

If you are a parent and want your child to be involved in Forest School, introduce the idea to their school!

If you are a school looking to start Forest School, all you need to provide is the Forest School ethos, available members of staff to work alongside the Forest School Leader, medical information on any particular condition's, and some enthusiastic children!

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"The Reception children love Forest School. It is wonderful to see them experiencing things we can't provide in the classroom such as building woodland dens and cooking on an open fire.

Children who struggle to communicate become eager to speak and full of things to say, they have started to notice their world around them and make links to their experiences they have not been able to do before. I have seen timid children become brave and full of things to say. We have seen amazing results in writing and creativity. We have all loved it!” Sharon Cliff, Head of Early Years - Ringmer Primary School.

“We’ve had a wonderful first year of Forest School. We have had staff, parents and school governors attending sessions and being really impressed by the whole experience, but best of all the response from all our learners has been extraordinary; children have totally embraced everything: the games, using the tools, fire and cooking, the plants and animals and their interactions with each other.

Some have emerged as natural leaders in contrast to often being least ‘able’ in the classroom and showed themselves to be able teachers and encouragers of others at Forest School." Barcombe School.

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