Forest School is 'an inspirational process' of learning. It offers children and young people a regular opportunity to achieve many curricular learning goals, develop self-esteem and confidence through hands on and practical experiences in a woodland environment.
Forest school was originally developed in Scandinavia in the 1950's. Since 2000, Forest School projects have begun to emerge in a vast number of areas in the UK as educators have witnessed the huge positive impact it has had on children's learning. Bucks County Council has sponsored 4 early years settings to undergo the training, of which we were lucky enough to be one!
We plan for our children to be given the freedom to follow their own interests within the woodland area. This will include exploring nature, making dens, sliding down muddy banks and tree climbing. It may also include supervised tool use and fire making at a later stage.
During the sessions, children will require appropriate layers, including:
Season appropriate layers (thermals for winter)
Long sleeved top
Season appropriate hat and gloves for winter
Wellington boots with warm socks
Sun cream for summer
We recommend these items at all times for both protection from the elements and from nature, itself. We recommend something like the Regatta all in one waterproofs available on Amazon for under £12 or the waterproofs available at muddypuddles.com.