Our Forest School is run by Alison Sheridan and supported by Belinda Taylor in small group but cover all the year groups within our school.
The benefits of Forest school
‘Forest school’ helps children develop many skills that are hard to teach in the classroom. It is very physical so it encourages children to be active, with lots of activities to develop both fine and gross motor skills.
Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making their own decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they come across. The children learn to be self-sufficient and take care of themselves, which boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Through trial and error they learn to deal with failure and develop the resilience to keep trying: a vital skill in the classroom as well as outside.
Forest school ties in with many areas of the National Curriculum. For example, being outdoors year-round helps children learn about weather and the seasons, which are part of the programme of study in geography, whilst studying mini beasts and plant life relates to the science curriculum, and working on tasks like den building and woodwork links with design and technology.
Children also benefit from simply being outdoors. Research has shown that it improves mental and spiritual health, communication skills and social relationships, among other things. ‘Connecting with nature helps children feel part of the world.’ Just being outside in nature is calming, and you can see that reflected in how the children behave.