Forest School is about reconnecting with nature, it could be in a woodland or somewhere outside with some trees. Regular sessions on a long-term basis provide stimulating experiences for children. Promoting physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social development. There are 6 key principles which underpin the Forest School ethos, outlined by the Forest School Association (professional body for Forest School UK).
Forest school sessions provide a space where children can participate in risky play safely. Climbing trees, lighting fires and using tools encourage children to manage risks themselves. Forest School Leaders model appropriate attitudes and behaviour towards managing risks safely.
A child-centred approach to learning through discovery and play within a natural environment is fundamental in promoting holistic development. Forest School Leaders adapt and plan sessions based on observations and interests of the learners involved. Children have choice and involvement in choosing what they do during sessions.
At Wildcat Forest School we can create artwork inspired by nature, life cycles and the seasons. Develop firelighting skills to make hot drinks and campfire food. Learn safe practice for using sharp tools; bow saws, drills and knives to build/make woodland craft items.
Case studies on the health and well being benefits from attending Forest School by University of Plymouth