The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of all ages through positive experiences and participation in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks. The focus is the personal, social and emotional development of every pupil.
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment” Forest Schools Association, 2016.
Groundwork have been delivering Forest School programmes since 2004. Our staff are Level 3 Forest School Programme Leadership certified, meaning they have the skills and knowledge to deliver a Forest School programme that meets your and your pupils’ needs. We’re also striving to improve Forest School
provision across the region and lead members of the Tyne & Wear Forest School Network.
Forest School is a long-term approach to teaching and learning, where participants are given the time to get to know their surroundings, the staff working with them, and themselves.
Forest school is a good learning experience because it allows children to explore nature and develop skills such as curiosity, creativity, and resilience. Forest school also fosters a sense of wonder and appreciation for the environment and its diversity. By learning in the forest, children can have fun, make friends, and discover new things every day.
Programmes gradually build skills and confidence, so all pupils can achieve. We therefore recommend a minimum of 10 sessions. This can be weekly, or spread over the course of a year.
Shorter introductory programmes or days can also be arranged.
Cost: Price on enquiry
Exact activities are tailored to each group. However as a guide, participants will:
• Undertake a range of outdoor activities that can include den building, campfire cooking, natural art, storytelling, sensory exploration, music making, tool use, nature hunts, muddy play and much more.
• Be supported to develop a connection and respect for the natural world and overcome barriers to learning and the fulfilment of potential.
• Improve communication, team work, and problem solving skills.