Come and find out what Forest School is all about with Essex Wildlife Trust!
How did Forest School begin?
Forest School originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s when learning went outside the classroom. This had such a positive impact on children’s development that it’s reputation brought it to the UK where it is meeting many educational needs.
What is Forest School?
Forest School consists of a minimum of six regular sessions in a local area of woodland. Activities are carefully planned in conjunction with the curriculum and thoroughly risk assessed.
Child led learning is the main Forest School ethos. We plan a range of achievable activities and the children’s natural inquisitiveness and enthusiasm leads them into many areas of learning. We then help to deepen this understanding. This allows them to learn from their current level of understanding, develop personal creativity and have a long term connection to the natural world around them.
Adults are there to support the children’s learning choices encouraging them to explore the many stimuli provided by the resources of the natural environment. They also enable the children to experience managed risk and employ positive discipline.
What are the benefits?
We all know when we are happy and confident we achieve so much more. Research has shown that this inspirational approach helps improve confidence, self esteem, emotional and social skills, whilst developing a connection and respect for the natural environment. It allows children to develop independence, learning, how to take responsibility and manage risk in a controlled way. The careful planning ensures success, helping children with challenging behaviour take a more positive approach. Regular access to the outdoor environment and practical activities will help enhance learning within all areas of the curriculum.
Preparing for your Forest School expereince
Staff are Forest School trained to level 3, CRB checked, qualified, first aiders and experienced environmental educators.
- help to find a suitable site
- plan in conjunction with the teacher
- set up the health and safety precautions
- provide all the tools, equipment and resources
- give a presentations to teachers and parents
How much does it cost?
£125 for a half day, plus travel expenses, 60p per mile with a cap of £40.
For more information or to make a booking contact:
The staff will discuss the needs of your Forest School session and send a booking form, please return the booking form to confirm your booking.
Forest School can also meet the needs of family or community groups - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Our staff can also provide taster sessions and training days for teachers and practitioners.
Information to download
|Forest School Leaflet (pdf)||View the Forest School Film|