We believe everybody should be able to experiment with and explore natural materials, in natural surroundings available to them. Making choices, taking managed risks, having responsibilities and achieving tasks within Forest School sessions. Being able to share ideas, support each other, learn from our mistakes and to move onto a greater understanding. We aim to work with our beautiful surroundings, preserving, conserving and observing the seasonal changes whilst having lots of fun in the process.
Forest School has many benefits ~
Children love coming to Forest School and the benefits include, better social relationships as they spend time working together supporting one another, regular visits mean they are getting physically fitter and developing their cognitive motor skills. Children are observed having increased self esteem and confidence and a better understanding of nature and how to preserve it.
Are we feeling the countryside effect?
Child psychologist Aric Sigman found that children exposed to nature developed better concentration and self-discipline; improved their awareness, reasoning and observational skills; did better in reading, writing, maths, science and social studies; were better at working in teams; and showed improved behaviour overall. But children don’t simply learn more, or learn better, when freed from the classroom. They also learn differently, experiencing improvements in four specific ways:
Cognitive Impacts (greater knowledge and understanding)
Affective Impacts (attitudes, values, beliefs and self-perceptions)
Interpersonal and Social Impacts (communication skills, leadership and teamwork)
Physical and Behavioural Impacts (fitness, personal behaviours and social actions.
So children who learn outdoors know more, understand more, feel better, behave better, work more cooperatively and are physically healthier.