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 

Please click here for our Forest School Handbook

Please click here for our Progression of Skills and Curriculum Links

Skills

Forest School Passport

Forest School Passport - KS2

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