Delve into the exciting outdoor learning that we get up to throughout the year!
– Have active, whole-body learning outside
– Get connected to nature through the seasons
– Think creatively
– Gain practical skills and common sense
– Work in small groups and teams in all weathers
– Learn basic survival skills and ecological awareness.
He also runs several after school sessions which pupils can be booked onto through the school office.
Who runs Forest School?
Chris Holland, whose strap line is “play to learn, learn to play”, is a nature educator based in East Devon. He has been a forest school leader since 2004 and he has written a best selling forest school guidebook called I love my world – the playful, hands-on nature connection guidebook. For more info please visit www.wholeland.org.uk.
What is forest school?
Historically forest school had its roots in the outdoor learning traditions of Scandinavia…under the name of “In rain or shine.” At its best forest school is a year round experience where participants engage with the site in all weathers and seasons, and develop their own connection to the natural world through interaction, observation and response to a huge range of stimuli, both environmental and social.
Forest school provides regular opportunities to achieve personal goals and challenges. It can raise self-esteem through hands on practical experiences, taking risks, developing gross and fine motor skills, awareness of nature, social interaction and imaginative play. This encourages all of the behaviours of our Woodland Creatures, resilience, co-operation, curiosity and making connections.
What will the children need?
The children may get grubby as we will be in the woodland area for most of our sessions. Wellies and outdoor clothes are ideal… In our opinion a happy muddy child is a healthier child than a clean and frustrated one. Sometimes a change of clothing is needed. The general rule there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Natural fibres like cotton and wool, are far safer around fires than synthetic ones.
Suggestions for sensible clothing include wellies, closed toe shoes, waterproof trousers, jackets or all in ones, woolly hats, warm socks (cold weather), sun hat, sun cream (hot weather), long sleeve tops and long trousers to reduce the risk of stings and scratches.