Forest school gives children the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk" (Extract from our ethos)
When planning a Forest School session we will follow the six guiding principles of Forest school.
Principle 1 - Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.
Principle 2 - Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natual world.
Principle 3 - Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Principle 4 - Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Priniciple 5 - Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Principle 6 - Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
Have a look at some of the websites below for ideas whilst at home: