This builds confidence and self esteem, develops awareness of risk-taking and an understanding of the natural environment.
Projects run for at least six sessions, in some schools I have been able to develop this work with them over a much longer period of time, where the benefits are truly amazing.
Ideally, projects allow time to work with staff back in the setting, developing the children’s discoveries and interests that arise from these outdoor experiences. Together we create books, films, stories and environments, often transforming the classrooms by bringing the outdoors inside.
Forest School sessions can be adapted to run in a schools grounds.
‘Forest School’ is an education concept that began in Denmark. Forest schools are a type of outdoor classroom in which children (or adults) visit forests/woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as “an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.”