Forest Schools is a fun way of exploring and experiencing the environment through child initiated or child directed learning. Many children and adults are used to learning in a structured way.
Forest School allows learning through play and in settings not always previously experienced. There are opportunities to take risks and learn in settings with wider boundaries. Enthusiasm and dedication by professionally qualified staff fires the imagination of each individual to have a sense of awe and wonder of the natural world and achievement in their own skills.
The children are encouraged to investigate & explore but also to respect all living things Children learn best from first hand experiences. Exploring, playing and so learning using a range of activities (both designed by the leader and instigated by the children themselves) is what forest schools is all about. Building a sense of independence, high self esteem and team work are important parts of forest school, but health and safety considerations are always of paramount importance.
Forest Schools has been running successfully for five years at Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy. It is lead by teacher Helen Hayes- Smith who is trained to be level 3 Forest Schools practitioner.