'Forest school is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees.'
Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning.
FSA Forest School Association
Richard Louv Author of best selling book 'Last Child in the Woods' talks about saving our children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. This is a phrase he chose to describe the human costs of alienation from nature.
He talks about how the development of technology over the decades as well as social and agricultural changes have moved humans indoors. Less people today spend time outdoors within nature and exploring the environment around them.
Being outdoors and more specifically in nature is incredibly important to the health and happiness of our children, a recent report 'Natural Childhood ' by Stephen Moss and the Natural Trust highlights.
At Forest School within our sessions young people are learning about nature and wildlife and how to look after it and help protect our beautiful woodlands and forests for future generations to enjoy.
Forest School allows young people to grow and discover their abilities at their own pace, without fear of criticism or failure.
Regular sessions will improve language, communication, social and motor skills as well as increase confidence and self-esteem.
Forest School takes place on a morning, afternoon or whole day for at least six weeks. The young people benefit from the regular sessions becoming comfortable in the natural environment, learning new skills and becoming confident, independent learners.
Forest School sessions run all year round, incorporating all four seasons giving learners the opportunity to discover the natural changes throughout the year.
Forest School groups are small (no more than 15) this enables every young person to experience the full potential of Forest School. With the focus being around learner led learning they will learn to take appropriate risks and challenges.
Forest school is appropriate for any age group and we run sessions for everyone and for every need.
Den building, bug hunting, cooking over the fire, bushcraft skills, woodland games and challenges are just some of the activities on offer for a rewards day.
If you are looking for a project day we will try and be accommodating for the theme you want.
£20 per child per day
I cannot begin to express the joy on the children's faces when they go out to Forest School. Emma has really turned outdoor learning into a magical experience for so many of our children, doing activities that most children would have taken for granted in the past! Just experiencing all the seasons, the changes in the landscape and the freedom that Forest School give to the children, especially those who aren't quite so academic, truly makes their learning experience something they will never forget!