Forest School is a process of learning and development that takes place in a local woodland, usually as part of a programme of regular visits, offering children and young people the freedom to flex their imagination and learn in an exciting, natural environment.
Especially popular for pre-school, Foundation Stage, and primary school children, the Forest School approach also works for a wide age-range of youth groups and pupils, and there is growing interest in its capacity to include those excluded from mainstream education.
Through creative, playful and physical activities such as exploring, building dens, and simple tool use, children's awareness of their environment is allowed to develop naturally, either individually or collaboratively.
Research suggests that regular participation in Forest School sessions:
Builds self-confidence and self-esteem
Improves motivation and encourages cooperation
Encourages responsibility, independence and the management of risk
Improves language, communication and social skills
Improves gross and fine physical motor skills
Increases understanding of the natural environment and of seasonal change
Encourages a positive attitude to learning
Our instructors also offer adult training and support for staff involved in Forest School and other woodland activities.
For more information or to book a Forest School, contact us on 01245 223342 or to send us an email click here.
*hauthe Level 3 Forest School Leader Training - 5th-11th July 2018*
Experienced Forest School Leader trainers, huathe, will be running a Level 3 Forest School Leadership training course at Danbury Outdoors during the summer.
The course, which is certified and accredited by the Open College Network, includes a 'closing weekend' of additional training which will take place during Spring 2019, and Outdoor Paediatric First Aid for candidates who require it.
For further infomation you can contact huathe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or to book please contact Danbury Outdoors on 01245 223342.
Duration: 1/2-day tasters to year-long programmes Venue: Local woodlands, your school grounds, or one of our centres Dates: Please contact us for dates Price: From £125 for half a day or £200 for a full day