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.
Increase Motivation, Concentration & Confidence
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.
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