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Forest School sessions offer an exciting hands on learning experience in a natural environment with trees. The sessions offer ALL learners the opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self- esteem. Forest School is a specialised learning approach which compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. The student led sessions are delivered by a qualified member of staff who ensures that the whole programme allows individuals to develop a relationship with the natural world, foster resilience, creativity and confidence.

Forest School Fosters Holistic Development

Personal and Emotional Development

Setting challenging but achievable activities helps to build the confidence of learners.

Student-led sessions can develop students' self-esteem.

Regular social interactions, new and challenging activities, and changing physical conditions result in students experiencing a range of different emotions.

Student-led activities and a reliance on natural materials fosters creative thinking.

Social Development

Cooperative play and team activities help students to build relationships with their peers

Long-term Forest School programmes with the same group of students facilitates the building of close friendships.

Promoting positive behaviours and social values through human interaction helps students understand how to act in real life situations.

Observing and interacting with other students, who are experiencing a range of different emotions helps to build an awareness of others.

Intellectual Development

Encouraging and scaffolding students through a range of new and challenging activities helps to develop their problem solving skills.

Regular contact with the natural environment helps to raise the students' awareness of environmental issues and helps to develop their understanding of the habitats and ecosystems present in British woodlands.

Encouraging students to recognise plants, trees, insects and other animals helps to develop their identification skills and knowledge of specific characteristics.

Activities such as den building and natural crafts develops understanding and recognition of shape, size, weight, quantity, and other mathematical concepts.

Physical Development

Many of the common Forest School activities - such as den building, obstacle courses and tree climbing - require different physical movements and thus help with the development of gross motor skills.

Similarly, activities such as tying knots, small natural crafts and whittling, using tools, require more intricate movements and therefore help with the development of fine motor skills.

Communication Skills

Team activities and cooperative play provide the opportunity to communicate in different ways, including verbal, written and visual methods.

Students have different levels of ability and are therefore able to scaffold the learning of their peers by demonstrating activities and encouraging them to attempt different activities.

Developing Cultural Understanding

Mixed groups often enable students to interact, communicate and form relationships with students from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

The promotion of British values and appropriate cultural behaviours is a fundamental part of the Forest School ethos.