At Haywood Grove School we offer Forest School as part of our curriculum. These sessions are led by Susan Jones who is a trained Forest Schools practitioner.
This approach to outdoor learning encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, take appropriate risks within boundaries and initiate learning for themselves. Forest School offers a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning. It covers all areas of learning, including the emotional and spiritual aspects where self-esteem and self-confidence can grow and positive relationships with peers can be formed. Forest School explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round. It develops peer learning with the adults providing support and enabling activities to take place. The child’s interest will be at the heart of any activity and opportunities are designed to build on an individual’s innate motivation, positive attitudes and/or interests.
Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment rather than a one-off visit. This allows it to encompass seasonal change.
Forest School environments provide the children with space and an environment in which to explore and discover. The programmes develop the physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of each individual. It is hoped that through regular personal experiences children and practitioners develop increasingly environmentally sustainable attitudes and practices.
For more information on this scheme you may wish to browse the Forest School website by following the link below: https://www.forestschools.com/