Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- Equal, unique and valuable
- Competent to explore & discover
- Entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- Entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- Entitled to experience regular success
- Entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
- Entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
- 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.
- Forest School 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.
- Forest School 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.
- Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Forest School has been so sucessful that from September 2016 we have had an outdoor learning class called Tamar, which still follows the same bespoke curriculum but with different methods of delivery.
This year the Upper School Land Studies group are working hard to try to make our school garden into something special
Some of our ideas include growing fruit and veg to use in the school kitchens, growing a hedge for the boundary of the garden, building a performance space and an outdoor teaching space and growing flowers to encourage pollinators into our garden.
Each person in our group is in charge of a different space or job and you can read about what is going on from week to week here on our blog.
Keep checking in regularly and we’ll see you in the garden soon!
- 12/03/18This term students from Tamar class have been visiting Barnstone Farm in Kentisbury. The farm has 25 horses, 3 pigs, some chickens and guinea pigs. Work is planned after Easter to begin building a classroom and an area that will house even more animals. Tamar are very lucky to have the...Read Full Story
Forest School - YurtWe have had a busy start to the term in Tamar class. We have spent some time maintaining and tidying the forest school area after the summer holidays, we have made bird feeders for the birds as the weather is getting colder and our most exciting thing this term has been that we w...Read Full Story