Forest School for Schools

Encouraging development across Early Years

In more recent times Forest School has played a bigger part in helping to encourage development across all areas of the Early Years and National Curricula. Research has shown that children who have taken part in Forest School programmes are better equipped to make decisions, take calculated risks and solve problems.

Children identifying leaves
Forest School - Water experiments

Increase Motivation, Concentration & Confidence

Forest School sessions have been shown (Murray, O’Brien, 2005) to increase motivation and concentration in children. Confidence and self-belief are improved as skills develop and no one fails.

A Classroom without Walls

It could be said that a Forest School environment provides a classroom without walls, with space for children to explore, experience, develop their natural curiosity and learn in a practical context.

Forest School - Exploring
Forest School - Reading

Tailor-made Forest School Programmes

At Surrey Hills Forest School, we are able to offer bespoke, tailor-made Forest School programmes to suit your school’s requirements. We aren’t all lucky enough to have access to woodland or large green spaces, therefore we can arrange a site visit to assess the space you do have within your school grounds.

Typical Activities for Schools

Working with the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curricula

Natural Potion Making – Understanding different natural smells and textures to make potions
Leaf/Tree Identification – Identifying different leaves by size, colour, texture
Leaf Art – Using leaves to make pictures/artwork
Team Games/ Problem Solving  – Encouraging children to work together
Knot Tying – Learning to tie basic knots
Den Building – Working together to build dens, using large and small sticks
Risk Taking – understanding of how to manage your own risk whilst using real life tools such as saws
Group Stick Whittling – Safe use of  knives in a managed environment
Understanding of the Natural Environment – How what we do and how we do it effects the environment around us
Bug Hunting – Looking for various bugs, and then drawing, or making clay representations
Air-Dry Clay – Using clay to represent the things we have seen on our exploration of the woods
Fire Building – Teaching children how to make a fire with care and attention to safety
Outdoor Cooking – Learning how to cook simple food on a fire
Problem Solving – Working together to solve simple problems