Forest Schools has developed from the Scandinavian education system and is about children building self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world.
Forest Schools is a long term programme delivered by trained practitioners within a natural environment (not necessarily a Forest!).
Each Forest School programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children/young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding.
The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences.
It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating.
Not to mention the benefits of learning about nature and life cycles in a natural inspiring outdoor classroom.
Where will my children be going?
Our Forest Schools sessions take place in Kitchen Woods which lies between Dronfield Woodhouse and Holmesfield. The woods are owned and maintained by the Woodland Trust and regular risk assessments are carried out to ensure it is a safe and protected outdoor school for your children.
What will my child be doing?
The children learn from a wealth of exciting activities such as shelter building, tree climbing, tracking, nature walks, making mud pies, team games, natural crafts, minibeast hunts, and learning about woodland creatures and their habitats including nocturnal and hibernating creatures as well as the woodland plants and seasons of the year.
What are the benefits?
Forest Schools supports the holistic development of the child and we have witnessed immense benefits in our children over the last fifteen years. These include increased confidence and team working skills, increased social development especially communication and problem solving and improved physical agility and fitness.