Our Ethos

Forest School Gloucester, Forest School Stroud, Forest School Cirencester, Forest School Gloucestershire

OUR ETHOS:

IN LINE WITH THE FOREST SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, WE DELIVER 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 / NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WITH TREES.

FOREST SCHOOL SESSIONS ARE DESIGNED TO MAXIMISE ENJOYMENT WHILST THE LEADER FACILITATES SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES IN A WOODLAND ENVIRONMENT.

PARTICIPANTS LEAVE FEELING MOTIVATED AND MORE CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES, WHILST LEARNING NEW SKILLS AND APPRECIATING THE GREAT OUTDOORS. ACTIVITIES HELP THE CHILDREN DEVELOP IN AN HOLISTIC WAY WHILST ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH AND ENHANCING THEIR GENERAL WELLBEING.

Benefits of Forest school

  • Increased self-confidence and self esteem.
  • Developed social skills.
  • Innovative beings able to solve problems.
  • Increased creativity and imagination.
  • Strengthened immune system.
  • Holistic development.
  • Appropriate risk taking.
  • Specialised understanding of the natural world.
  • Wildlife knowledge, both flora and fauna.

OUTDOOR PLAY STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, HELPS CHILDREN DEVELOP IN A HOLISTIC WAY AND SHOWS THEM DIFFERENT WAYS OF LEARNING THAT ARE NOT TAUGHT IN A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT.

IT BROADENS THEIR VOCABULARY, HELPS THEM TO ENGAGE SOCIALLY AND HELPS CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN US AND NATURE.

BEING OUT IN ALL WEATHER, EXCEPT IN HIGH WINDS FOR SAFETY REASONS, IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF FOREST SCHOOL AND COME RAIN OR SHINE CHILDREN ALWAYS HAVE LOTS OF FUN.

FOREST SCHOOL IS VERY MUCH ABOUT FREE PLAY AND ALLOWING THE CHILDREN TO EXPLORE FOR THEMSELVES, WHILST INSPIRING AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO USE THEIR IMAGINATION. WEEKLY ACTIVITIES, HOWEVER, DO INCLUDE COOKING ON AN OPEN FIRE, TREES CLIMBING, DEN BUILDING AND MINI BEAST HUNTING.

Other activities include:

  • Fire starting the forest school way.
  • Learning safe use of tools.
  • Making bug hotels.
  • Exploring the woods and meadows.
  • Mini-beast hunting and wildlife detecting.
  • Orienteering.
  • Arts and crafts with natural material.
  • Physical Geography Practicals.
  • Slack lining.
  • Bush craft.

Depending on the forest school site sessions can also include:

  • preparing and planting up vegetable patches.
  • pond dipping and other aquatic studies in woodland streams.

Courses are generally no less than six weeks consisting of a 2 hour session once a week. Whilst courses can be shorter than this we have found through experience that children really start to become at one with themselves and their environment after week 3 or 4 so for participants to gain the full benefits of the experience a six week course is recommended.

Please get in touch today if you are interested:

Hannah Garbutt

Phone: 07876 566767

Email: [email protected]

Sophie Hornibrook

Phone: 07411 757953

Email: [email protected]