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What is Forest School? An Introduction.

Forest Schools are nature-based communities where trained practitioners nurture learner-led exploration and discovery, nurturing meaningful experiences for positive lifelong impacts.

Wellbeing is the foundation of our practice and through recognising the social, emotional and physical needs of participants we provide the guidance and facilitation for our time in nature.

Through creating learner inspired experiences based on exploration and discovery, we recognise opportunities to mentor holistic growth over the course of long-term programmes.

In developing the community, we nurture a culture based on collaboration and of embracing challenge so that we can allow, over time, for the blossoming of character, resilience and empathy, and for a greater sense of connection, with nature and for our shared future.

A Typical Day In A Forest School

Meeting outside the woodland, excitement is in the air. The birds are chirping, the gentle wind rolls across the hills while wellington boots search for puddles.

The woodland has been checked and the equipment is ready to be taken with us, our focus in on the wellbeing, physical and emotional, of each person within our community.
Gathering together, we check in on how each person is feeling and what they wish to explore during their time in nature. We introduce new ideas and invite them to engage our help when they wish to.
The woodland space is a blank canvas, full of textures and materials to enrich the senses and stimulate the learning journeys that we will all undertake. As leaders we have both an idea for the direction of the day should learners need us to provide this for them, but also understand the importance of encouraging them to decide their own direction.
During this time of exploration and discovery, our role as a leader is to provide the nurturing they need whilst also encouraging them to stay with challenge and to make sense of the experiences they have. Through review and reflection their voices are heard, and their emotions are recognised.

What is Forest School?

AN FSA five minute introduction to 'What is Forest School?' A short but comprehensive look into the six principles what they do and why we need them.

A Day at Forest School

A film exploring Charlotte's Wood, a forest school run by Charlotte Atkinson and her team. Here we see the importance of outdoor learning, why children shoul...

Outdoor Activities Toddlers | Forest School

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Top 5 Books: Outdoor Activities for Kids

I list my Top 5 books which parents can use to get their kids learning outdoors, doing some great activities. These books are perfect for any family who is h...

Short Term Session Planning at Forest School - How to plan learner led Forest School activities

Are you looking for tools and techniques to plan your Forest School sessions, whilst still supporting learner led play? In this video I share ideas for short...

Outdoor Learning and Forest School - What's the difference?

I've noticed over the years there is a lot of confusion about Forest School and other types of Outdoor Learning. In this video I explain about how Forest Sch...

What is Forest School? 7 Things you need to know as an Introduction to Forest School

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Stroud School - Forest School

The Brief - To put the spotlight on outdoor learning at Stroud. To let prospective parents see what happens during Forest School sessions and what sort of sk...

Get Moving and Keep Warm - 3 simple games for Forest School

Winter is upon us and sometimes its handy to have some ideas to get moving and keep warm! Here we share 3 simple games for Forest School. Forest School is le...

Great Ideas for Outdoor Kids: Rope Games

You don't need expensive toys or gadgets to keep kids happy in the outdoors. Take some rope and find some trees! We show you a few ideas that our kids came u...