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FOREST SCHOOLS

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 with trees).

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

Children can run, make a noise, get their hands dirty and learn in a natural space by taking part in seasonal activities that may involve an element of managed risk; by succeeding here, they develop the self-esteem that will support them throughout their lives.

At Badbury Park, we will provide a nurturing space that supports our children’s well-being by providing and implementing positive outdoor, child-led experiences in a natural setting. The impact of which will help foster traits such as resilience, confidence and independence and develop motivation, co-operation, decision-making and social skills.

Respect for the environment and others helps relationships build in a more relaxed atmosphere, so enabling and empowering all children to have the opportunity to achieve their complete and full potential.

Benefits of a Forest School Approach:

  • Improved confidence, social skills, communication, motivation, and concentration

  • Improved physical stamina, fine and gross motor skills 

  • Positive identity for individuals and communities 

  • Increased knowledge of environment, increased frequency of visiting nature within families 

  • Healthy and safe risk-taking 

  • Improved creativity and resilience

  • Improved academic achievement and self-regulation

  • Increased patience, self-discipline and capacity for attention

  • Improved higher level cognitive skills