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Forest School

Forest school is a child-led process which ties in and links to regular curriculum objectives. It involves bringing children (and adults) into a woodland environment and allowing them to explore their potential, allowing children to handle risks, use their imagination and play freely to help them develop and thrive.


Forest School Principles

  1. Regular sessions: Forest school is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

  2. Woodland: Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  3. Community: Forest school uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development, and learning.

  4. Holistic development: Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  5. Opportunity to take risks: Forest school offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  6. Qualified practitioners: Forest school is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. 

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