What are the ethos and principles in a Forest School?
Forest Schools focus on the social, emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual development of their learners. The nurturing environment encourages children to develop a positive relationship with the outdoor, natural world. The ethos of a Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and the encouragement of their curiosity in the world.
The Forest School Curriculum is inclusive for all children, including those with SEND.
Forest Schools believe in:
A child’s right to play.
A child’s right to access the outdoors.
A child’s right to access the natural world.
A child’s right to experience a healthy range of emotions.
Forest Schools aim to build resilience to encourage a learner’s creative engagement with other people, their environment, and their own potential. They aim to encourage self-reflection and build strong social and emotional skills that will follow them into adulthood.
Some of the benefits include:
An increase in self-belief, confidence and self-regulation
An increase in motivation and concentration
Improved problem-solving skills
Development of language and communication skills
Ability to collaborative and work with others
Development of gross and fine motor skills
Confidence to take risks
Stress-relief and improved mental health and wellbeing
A greater respect for the natural world and understanding of sustainability