What is a Forest School?
The Forest School approach initiated from Scandinavia, where learning in the outdoors has been a key part of their curriculum since the 1950's. The use of outdoor woodland allows children to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem. The results of incorporating the outdoor environment into early education are overwhelming positive.
Mrs Georgy and Miss Mears are Level 3 qualified leaders. When the children are in Forest Schools they will experience a variety of different games and activities which will support their learning. They will, at some point, cook over an open fire, use tools, make dens, leave trails, go on scavenger hunts, make environmental art and lots, lots more. Children will help to plant hedges, trees, flowers and other native plants as well as construct bird houses and create activities and instructions for younger children.
Forest School Ethos
‘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 Association
Forest School Principles
Forest School Rules & The Countryside Code
Never enter a tool use area without permission. Red rope marks the boundary.
Sticks which are an arm’s length can be carried alone, size of themselves requires two pupils and a stick bigger than an adult requires three people.
Sticks should be carried safely and not waved around.
We only eat food which we have brought with us, berries we found are never eaten.
Nettles and Brambles
Make sure you take care round prickly plants and stay away from them the best you can.
Never walk through the fire circle at any time. Always walk around the edge and only go near the fire when invited by a FS leader.
Picking wild flowers
Always check which flowers and plants you are allowed to pick.
When sticky feet is called ensure you meet the leader.
Always ask the leaders if you are allowed to climb trees.
Bugs and wildlife
When looking at wildlife and small animals always take care not to disturb them too much. Remember to put their homes back once you have looked.
You can look but never touch or eat mushrooms which you find.
If litter is found, do not touch it but let a leader know.
Dirty hands are good! Make sure you wash them before eating.
The Countryside Code
When using both areas, staff and children will adhere to The Countryside Code:
First Aid Kit List:
No person will be permitted to go to Forest School without appropriate clothing that will protect them from: extremes of heat or cold, keeping them covered to reduce the likelihood of cuts and scrapes, and that fits appropriately for comfort.
· Waterproof trousers (provided by school)
· Waterproof coat with a hood. (provided by school- to be warn over pupils own coat.)
· Full length trousers
· Warm boots/ wellies
· Warm Socks
· Gloves and Woolly hat – Cold weather
· Sun hat: that fits well to ensure good visibility– sunny weather
We work on the principle that “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
We do have a selection of spare clothing but this will need to be matched to the child prior to the session and checked for suitability.