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 Woodland Days for one off or shorter programmes.
Why Forest schools?
Because being outdoor 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.
- 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...
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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