Forest schools – What is it?
Forest schools is program run in a woodland area to develop children’s personal skills. Its works on building their self-esteem and confidence allowing them to achieve. This is done through child-led exploration of the woodland, exploring what can they do with what is around them in their natural environment. It provides many opportunities for children to work together or individually and to get fully involved in what they are doing without distractions that may be found in other environments. The children also have the opportunity to learn for hand on skills through using tools and equipment to create what they desire. Forest schools is run on a weekly basis so children can build on the skills they are learning.
The forest school ethos is that all children can be involved and achieve. The children have the right to access the outside area and partake in a mixture of child led and adult supported activities. Activities are likely to involve risk-taking opportunities and challenges. Children will be shown how to manage these risks, skills which they can then transfer to other areas of life. Forest schools aims to develop respect among the children, for other children, staff as well as nature and their environment. We will be working on the children's personal skills, working as part of a group and well as building our self-esteem. Children will get the opportunity to do this though craft activities, using woodland material as our main resources, as well as learning through their own child led learning.
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