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Posted on January 4th 2017

Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop their confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

The central value of Forest School is to, (Forest Schools Education, 2014) “encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment” which allows room for discovering individuals psychological development in the early years.

This factor is based upon the idea of creating a unique environment and one that the children are not most familiar with. Whether it is in a woodland area or part of the school grounds, the activities held out are different to those of an everyday routine, yet Forest School rules are applied. These sessions are designed to offer children the opportunity to explore and investigate the natural world as well as learning outside of the classroom. Outdoor learning allows children to become aware of their natural surroundings and encourages independent learning. The investigation was designed to reveal the positive learning opportunities Forest School can offer to children in their early year’s education. Theorists who have influenced outdoor leaning and approaches which implement this practice include the Reggio Emilia Approach and Montessori; both of which have inspired educators in the UK to put these findings into practice. Here at Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace we offer the children a half termly block to explore the fantastic grounds that we are fortunate to have in our school.