What is Forest School?
It is an opportunity for children and young people to enjoy nature. To dig, discover, bug-hunt, grow food, cook, climb, play with sticks, use tools, make mud pies, play with peers and develop their own interests and motivations.
Forest School is a long-term process where children have time to immerse themselves in an environment that becomes familiar to them. It's an opportunity for participants to develop an appreciation for their environment and to fall in love with the natural world.
Forest School Principles are:
What are children getting out of Forest School?
What happens at Forest School?
Once we have arrived on site we sit together and start our session by looking at our values.
We think together to see how we can work and play while keeping hold of these imporant values. We talk about what we would like to do and look at what is available to us all to explore. All learning styles are catered for and our planning for the children is determined by their interests.
Children are able to be free in their decision making and have opportunities to risk assess for themselves. They will always know they can talk to the adults in their session for support. However, children know best how they wish to play and explore. We like to give them the chance to develop their own motivations and to engage in their own interests.
As an adult it is easy to jump into a child's game or exploration but at Forest School we like to give the children freedom to truly engage with their own ideas and we aim to wait until we are invited to join them! It's a good idea to stand back sometimes.
We always end our sessions by getting together in our circle for a drink and a snack... Sometimes the fire may be lit to have cooked snacks. Our reflections determine our following session and we plan to embrace and pursue the children's interests.
Where is Forest School?
What do you need?
We have a few sites in Rutland. We are able to develop any new woodland that might be nearby to suit your needs with the landowners permission.
"There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!" Wellies, waterproofs and layers or perhaps sun-cream, sun hat, but always have arms and legs covered... they will get muddy!