What is Forest School?
The Forest Schools concept originated in Scandinavia and was introduced to England in 1980's. It has become widely accepted across the country as a valuable mode of learning for all ages and groups. Forest Schools have now been adopted by schools, early years settings, environmental projects and community groups, run in outdoor locations by trained staff.
Forest Schools allows children the time and space to develop skills, interest and understanding through a range of activities which provide practical, hands-on experiences in a natural environment.
At West Croft we are fortunate to have plenty of outdoor space for children to enjoy. Children are given the opportunity to experience and enjoy learning in an outside ‘classroom’ enhanced by the natural elements of the changing seasons, weather and a natural woodland environment. The Forest School approach is a holistic one underpinned by specialised learning theories. It offers ALL learners the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, emotional resilience, confidence and ability to assess and manage risks as well as teaching them a range of new skills and developing a respect for nature.
Forest School goes ahead in most weather—there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing! Having fun, getting muddy and experiencing the outdoor environment is all part of the Forest School adventure.