What is a Forest School?
Originally a Scandinavian idea, forest schools operate on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the hands on learning opportunities inherently present in a woodland environment. In an age when many children have few opportunities to be outdoors, it offers them a way to learn and experience a broad curriculum in a woodland setting, with regular visits throughout the year. In our school we are proud to say that all children in each year group attend forest school. Have a look at some of the photos below to see what we have been doing since September.
Why Forest School?
Forest School helps to develop;
• confidence and self-esteem;
• communication and social skills;
• physical skills;
• greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment;
• natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning;
• the ability to recognise and manage risk;
• Healthier lifestyles.
Reception Forest School
Year 1 Forest School
Year 2 Forest School
Forest School Ethos
At Consett Infant School and we provide the children with the opportunity to regularly participate in a Forest School program, alongside a fully qualified and skilled Forest School leader.
This commitment is based on our belief that each child is unique and independently competent. The Forest school program promotes holistic learning experiences that contribute significantly to the development of the whole child.
This is done by providing a creative, stimulating and child centered natural environment which allows the children time to experiment with real life first hand experiences that develop independent thinking and social interactions.