What is Forest School? – “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 complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.” (Forest School Association)
At Little Stars, we aim to promote an active learning environment including everything from outdoor learning to arts and crafts. The children are outside every day, whether it be in the garden or as part of their Forest School themed learning. I have Animal Centre and National Trust passes for myself and the children, making it possible to regularly visit many adventurous places.
Children learning outdoors and reconnecting with the world creates opportunities to take risks, be independent, grow in confidence, develop creativity and fine motor skills, enhance physical ability, and so much more. Little Stars Day Care and Pre-School is not a full time Forest School, however we have embraced the principles and brought them into our existing setting.
The Six Principles of Forest School:
Forest school is a long term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of forest school.
Forest school takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent anf creative learners.
Forest school offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
Forest school is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Forest school uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
For more information, please visit the Forest School Association website.
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