The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of
any age through positive outdoor experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and
achievable tasks and activities in the woodland environment, each pupil has an opportunity to develop
intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all
ages who visit our woodland area on a regular basis and through play and different
activities have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks
and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
At Forest Way School, our Forest Schools programmes run throughout the year in all weathers.
We have suitable outdoor clothing to protect the pupils in all weather.
Students use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social,
establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.
Forest Schools sessions aim to develop:
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
Our students need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships.
This time and reflective practice helps develop understanding of the world, the environment and
everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.
This last year there has been lots of opportunities for our pupils to go outside and
enjoy the woodland area. They have been learning how to use tools safely and then make shelters
and dens using natural materials. Pupils have learnt fire pit protocols and enjoyed making fires
and outdoor cooking. Team games and exploration have been part of the sessions that have been
particularly enjoyable. Children from all key stages have been out and a recent project where
pupils are working together is to make a wild flower meadow area, which is in the early stages.
Pupils have had opportunities to go out on trips to different places such as Beacon Hill, Conkers
and Ulverscroft Manor to compare different environments and flora and fauna. Some of the older
students have enjoyed clearing out the weed and bulrushes from the pond area and also taking out
unwanted trees from in ditches. These have been stripped to leave natural resources for other
projects in the woods.
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