“This is the best kind of classroom,
It’s a journey through time and space,
From the smallest seed to the largest tree,
This is a forest and a learning place.
This is the best kind of classroom,
Where the seasons don’t happen in books.
Where the learning is watching and thinking and talking
And everyone notices, everyone looks.”
From “The best Kind of Classroom” by Ian MacMillan
What is Forest Schools?
Forest Schools is based on a Scandanavian pedagogic style of education. It is designed to build self esteem, a respect for the natural world, gaining independence through exploration and direct experience.
Each Forest Schools programme is tailored to meet the needs of each
individual within the group. This leads to taking responsibility for themselves and others whilst learning new skills. As the programme develops, young people will grow in confidence, gain skills and an understanding of a woodland habitat.
- Health and fitness.
- Increase in emotional well-being.
- Social development.
- Skills development.
- Gaining knowledge and understanding.
- Individualised learning.
- Forest Schools supports the Early Years Foundation Framework, National Curriculum and the Every Child Matters Agenda.