Forest Schools

Forest Schools

Forest Schools forms part of our curriculum.  Regular sessions are organised each term for pupils and are led by a fully qualified and experienced Level 3 Forest School Practitioner. These sessions take place near The Gillford Centre and last around 2 hours.

Forest School Ethos

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers young people regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment (Forest Education Initiative).

What happens at Forest School

  • Games are played and small achievable tasks are set, such as collecting natural materials and building shelters from sticks.  Children will also learn about fire and cooking on a fire
  • The children learn basic woodland skills and simple tool use as a method to boost their self-confidence, raise their self-esteem and improve fine and gross motor skills
  • The children use natural materials and through this develop practical and intellectual skills

These learning experiences help to develop communication, confidence and practical skills, as well as a greater understanding of the environment. 

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