Part of our outdoor learning ensures that we instil a sense of responsibility in the children for their environment and sustainability, discussing how we look after the natural world around us and discussing aspects like recycling, use of plastics, saving energy, collecting water, etc. The children will explore nature, learning about trees, follow the seasons, understand plant growth, explore minibeasts and find the biggest puddle to jump in (weather dependent of course)!
We apply the six forest school principles which are:
- Sessions are delivered on a long-term basis: forest school needs to be regular, so we take the children our weekly
- Sessions are risk-aware, not risk-averse: we suggest meaningful activities which nurture the instinctive human ability to learn through overcoming a risk, challenge, or problem. We also teach the children how to safely use tools like knives and axes for whittling or chopping wood, and how to light and safely be around campfires.
- Forest school is invested in the holistic development (emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, communication and language) of the participants.
- Forest school should take place in a natural wooded environment
- Forest school should be run by a qualified forest school practitioner
- Forest school is learner-cantered with learner-based outcomes