What is Forest School?
'A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.' (Forest Schools, 2011)
Forest School aims to provide unique learning opportunities in an outdoor setting. The development of self-awareness, self-regulation, intrinsic motivation, empathy, social communication skills, independence, positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence is paramount. It provides children with the opportunity to take risks, make choices and initiate their learning in a safe but engaging and inspiring environment.
It is about experiencing and exploring the natural world in structured sessions led by a qualified Forest School Leader, who aims to build relationships based around trust and who facilitate a child-led curriculum. Sessions take place in all weathers (except high winds), all year round, allowing seasonal and environmental changes to become an important part of learning. The children themselves are encouraged to establish strict safety routines and boundaries to allow for the freedom of child-initiated learning.
Forest School at Corinthian School
This year we are providing Forest School sessions for Year 3 at Croxteth Park with Mrs Scriven, Miss Raftery and Miss Bilsborough. Sessions will commence in September. We have lots of fabulous learning experiences planned, including how to build and light fires, tie a variety of knots, build dens, explore natural environmental art, use tools safely, competently and confidently take risks, climb trees, make mud faces for trees and toast food on the fire.
As teachers, we love providing the children with the opportunities that arise in Forest School and ensure they have lots of fun learning at our site.