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Forest School

Forest School is concerned with process rather than an end product. Where bushcraft is about only teaching skills or making a ‘thing’, Forest School is about the things people learn along the way. Sessions are regular and long term so that learning takes place over a period of time. This gives learners time to develop social skills and respect for their natural surroundings.

Forest School is concerned with process rather than an end product. Where bushcraft is about only teaching skills or making a ‘thing’, Forest School is about the things people learn along the way. Sessions are regular and long term so that learning takes place over a period of time. This gives learners time to develop social skills and respect for their natural surroundings.

Forest School offers the chance for holistic learning, i.e. developing many aspects of ones self at the same time. Because of the nature of the activities children are able to learn about teamwork, communication and develop skills, in a way that the classroom environment doesn’t offer. It also caters very effectively for different learning styles and accepts the diversity of different learners.

The Forest School leader provides an environment (the Forest School site) which has been assessed for risks according to the needs and nature of the group. The leader also thinks about the long term impact of the sessions on the environment, i.e. the site and areas surrounding the site, including paths leading to the site.

Perhaps most importantly, Forest School is about learners enjoying, and having fun in, a natural environment and learning through play and exploration.