An introduction to Forest School
If your child is about to start Forest School you will receive a newsletter explaining Forest School. This will be prepared by Sara specifically for your school and your child's class. The link below is an example of a newsletter sent to the parents of Year 4 children at St Jude's Catholic Primary School.
Further information on Forest School can be found at The Forest School Association website.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. This learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and wonder. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.
Principles of Forest School
FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off session or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.