Forest Schools

Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a wild environment.

Play and self directed learning is central to the Forest Schools ethos. Play is the

process, and there needs to be no end product. The children are in a safe and

inspiring environment where all activities can be self directed and open ended. The children can try challenges they have never tried before, and understand that it is alright to be scared, They can choose how far they want to go with a challenge and each step leads to a different experience.

The children will be experiencing practical activities which they can repeat again and again in whatever form they wish. Through reflective practice they will learn that however they choose to do an activity will determine what happens. The children who are playing should be in a ‘state of flow’ – totally absorbed in what they are doing, and not thinking about where it will end. The end can change again and again. This gives the children the freedom to experiment and build confidence, a confidence that they can take in to other areas of their lives.

Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.

The children can gain strong social and communication skills, having the ability to work in groups effectively, achieve high self-esteem and a confidence in their own abilities. These foundations can go on to help them to raise their academic achievements.

Forest Schools is held in a designated area which the children know will not be used for anything else, and therefore whatever they begin to build or investigate will still be there the next session. This helps them to think about furthering any project that they begin. Causton Junior School have put aside the piece of land at the front of the school to be the Forest Schools site.

  • Forest Schools Handbook of Policies and Procedures
  • Guide for parents and carers