Principles of Forest School
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers 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 compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
* Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session
* Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world
* Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning
* Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
* Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves
* Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice
At Long Furlong, Forest School forms part of the Reception class curriculum and is led by Miss Willetts and Miss Markey, both of whom have or are studying for the appropriate qualifications. For more information, please visit the Forest School Association website.