Forest School

Forest Schools

Forest School at Lea Forest

The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment, we all have an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills, plus supporting our key learning characteristics of having high aspirations, and being resilient, respectful, independent and innovative. These skills build over time to give another unique opportunity to support our children to 'find their remarkable'.

Our Forest School will aim to develop:

· Self awareness

· Intrinsic motivation

· Empathy

· Good social communication skills

· A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence

Our Forest School demonstrates success with children of all ages through active learning, supporting every child's right to play, and providing opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. We use our Forest School area throughout the year and in all weathers (except for lightening and extreme high winds). We teach our children to use tools safely, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.

Children, and more and more adults, need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships. This time and reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.

Each year group uses Forest School sessions to support their own curriculum, working towards specific objectives taken directly from the academy literacy and maths schemes of work and the Cornerstones curriculum.

Updated October 2019