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
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.
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
“Lee has been working with the school from the beginning of September 2017. As a school we were looking to develop key skills in our children that were not as easily developed in a classroom environment. From the outset, Lee has been extremely focussed and organised, delivering enriching and exciting learning opportunities for the pupils. As a result we are already seeing the pupils improving in their skills such as independence, resilience and communication skills. We work closely with Lee to further develop the learning experiences for our vulnerable pupils. Lee informs us of the planning for the sessions, gives regular and termly feedback and provides opportunities for members of staff to learn strategies. We as a school are very impressed with the intervention of Forest schools that Lee is providing and look forward to building a strong long term link with the service he provides.”
– Jonathan Kirkham, Head Teacher, Sandfield Primary School, Guildford
To find out more about what Surrey Hills Forest School can offer schools, please get in touch.