At All Saints’ CE Primary School, we believe that Forest School forms a very important part of a child’s holistic development. We aim to give children a shared understanding of the ethos of Forest School, enabling all children to engage in valuable learning experiences in the natural environment. We give children the chance to explore and experience the natural world through practical activities using the outdoors to promote confidence, independence, risk-taking and self-esteem. We aim to promote positive relationships through cooperation with others, we want our children to be independent, self-motivated, courageous, considerate and respectful and set them up for lifelong learning.
One of the principles of Forest School is to promote environmental awareness and encourage sustainability. The pupils are taught about respect and responsibility for the world around them and good practice should be modelled by adults. Both adults and children are encouraged to respect their environment and to be aware of conservation issues of the woodland around them. We aim to promote respect for wildlife and all activities will be empathetic to the natural environment.
Mr Anderson is a level 3 Forest School practitioner and is responsible for the Forest School programme, including the risk assessing, planning and evaluation of sessions.
“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.”
(Forest School Association)