What Are Forest Schools?
What are Forest Schools?
Forest Schools are a way of giving young people the opportunity to get out into the woodlands, where they build their self-esteem and confidence through carrying out enjoyable and achievable activities.
What Happens at Forest Schools?
Activities are tailored to suit the age group and ability, as well as the individual child’s learning style and interests. The aim is to develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
Activities may include:
- Shelter building
- Tool use
- Fire lighting and campfire cooking
- Creative tasks using natural materials
- Exploring the woodlands
- Playing games
What are the Benefits of Forest Schools?
Research has shown that Forest Schools allow the whole child to develop. The activities are carried out in small achievable ways so that children are given the opportunity to succeed. Forest Schools have been shown to increase children’s self-confidence, social skills, communication skills, motivation, fitness, motor skills, knowledge and understanding.