Forest School

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Principles and Criteria for Good Practice

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Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

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Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

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Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.22

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Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

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Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

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Forest School uses a range of learner-centered processes to create a community for development and learning.

There is lots of research out there about the health and educational benefits of Forest Schools.

But if you take a look at these examples of Forest School activities, you'll see most of all it's a lot of fun:

 

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BUSHCRAFT

Shelter Building, Knot Use, Fire Lighting and Cooking, Wild Foods, Whittling.

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Woodland Crafts

Willow Crafts, Natural Jewellery, Weaving, Natural Dyes, Traditional Crafts.

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TEAM BUILDING AND TRUST GAMES

Blindfold Games, Circle Games, Problem Solving Activities, Team Games.

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Construction

Shelter Building, Rafts, Rope Swings, Tree Houses, Pulleys.

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Wildlife Conservation

Tree Planting, Nest Box Construction, Coppicing, Fence/Path Building.

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Physical Play

Tree Climbing, Balancing, Log Dragging, Digging.

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Field Studies Activities

Mini Beast Hunts, Pond Dipping, Tree Identification, Bird Watching, Life Cycle Games.