What is Forest School?
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children and adults regular opportunities
to appreciate and enjoy their local woodlands. Forest School nurtures an understanding and
respect for natural places. Participants experience nature at first hand through a series of
engaging and achievable tasks. The Forest School experience brings learning to life and improves
an individuals ability to work co-
make choices and initiate learning.
Where does the idea come from?
Forest School originated in Sweden during the 1950s as a way of teaching children about the natural world. The idea was adopted by Denmark as an important part of early years provision. The concept was introduced to Britain in 1995 by Bridgwater College.
What is it like at Forest School?
A Forest School group explores a local woodland on a regular basis, typically ten visits over ten weeks. During that time the group will get to grips with all sorts of woodland activities that will help to build an understanding and appreciation of the woodland. The fire circle is central to all that happens at Forest School; the fire is the focal point for discussing the day's activities and a place for socialising. The activities are always hands-
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