At Great Chart we are delighted to announce we have started a Forest School programme for the Year One children. Forest School has a structure which is based on the observations and collaborative work between children and adults. It allows children the opportunity to explore the outdoors whilst learning new skills and helping to increase their self-confidence.
Forest School opportunities are designed to build on an individual’s innate motivation, positive attitudes and/or interests. Play and choice are an integral part of the Forest School learning process, and play is recognised as vital to learning and development at Forest School.
Forest School is based on six main principles:
- It 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.
- It takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- It aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- It is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. This ethos creates learning communities where deep-level learning and progression are the norm.
We’ve collected some recent examples of ‘Forest School moments’ to illustrate the kinds of things that often happen at Forest School.
We hope you will join us in our enthusiasm for Forest School, and if you have any skills you could offer with regard to activities or developing our Forest School area please don’t hesitate to get in touch.