Forest School & Outdoor Learning

 Forest School Ethos  

Forest School is aunique and 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.Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities in almost all weathers. Children learn new skills whilst using tools, their play is child led, during which they learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world. 

Forest school has its roots in Scandinavian countries and organisations who have the inspiration and desire to use the outdoors to encourage child lead outdoor learning. They found that children attending Forest School develop strong social and communication skills, having the ability to work in groups effectively, generally have higher self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. These foundations in their ability helped to raise their academic achievements 

  • Forest school encourages children to: 
  • Develop personal and social skills. 
  • Work through practical problems and challenges. 
  • Use tools to create, build and manage. 
  • Discover how they learn best. 
  • Learn how to manage failures. 
  • Experience achievement and success. 
  • Reflect on learning and experiences. 
  • Develop their language and communication skills. 
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills. 
  • Build confidence in decision making, risk taking and team building. 

 

Forest school at Luckwell: 

In Forest school at Luckwell we will strive to provide a fully inclusive engaging forest school with exciting learning opportunities that will develop our children’s right to play and access the outdoors learning with a hands-on approach, to take risks in the natural world. This will help build resilience, boost self-esteem and confidence with creative engagement. 

Sessions run for around 2 hours long 

Carefully planned by our level three Forest School Leader Helen Prewett, to incorporate and develop the Curriculum encouraging risk taking whilst having established start and finish routines. 

We run Forest School at the following very different locations, all provide a very different holistic experience:- 

  • We have our own amazing Forest School site. 
  • We enjoy the unique unspoilt Forestry commission woodland called Wraxall Piece. 
  • Our children enjoy building dens at the Tyntesfield national trust den Village. 
  • Exploring the woodlands and orienteering at Ashton Court estate. 
  • The local parks at Gores Marsh and Greville Smythe putting us in the heart of the community. 

We are “a small school with BIG ideas” Forest School is our big idea it is run every week by our trained leader Helen Prewett, each class will have Forest School sessions during the school year, experiencing each of our seasons.