‘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 Association) www.forestschoolassociation.org
At Ludworth Primary School, through our Forest School sessions, we hope to encourage independent, enthusiastic and creative learners who develop holistically through a well-planned and interesting child-centred approach.
The Forest School Principles and how they will link to our school:
- Forest School is a long term process of frequent and regular sessions and aims for children to visit in blocks of six to eight weeks each season. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are all integral parts of the Forest School process.
- It takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment .– We are extremely lucky to have small pockets of woodland within our school grounds. We intend to use these alone initially. However we hope to be able to take groups off-site to larger woodland settings in the future.
- We aim to promote the holistic development in all of those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- We will offer learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.
- It will be managed by a suitably qualified Forest School Practitioner. – In our case Martin Stamper and Emily Pond are qualified Level 3 Forest School Leaders.
- We will use a range of learner centred processes to create a community for development and learning.