What is Forest School?

How it Started

Forest School in the UK came into being in the early 1990’s when a group of educators from Bridgwater College went to Scandinavia to observe their Early Years programmes

What they discovered was so inspiring that they came back to England and opened the first Forest School. Since then, Forest School has gone from strength to strength and you can now find a Forest School, or something similar, in most schools, towns and cities.

Forest School aims to connect children and young people to the great outdoors, to make them champions for the environment and to provide a natural space for them to play, discover, explore, and learn. Building children up in order for them to be happy and healthy is key!

It also gives children the space and time to just be, a frequently rare opportunity in our modern age. The focus is on soft skills, learning to be happy in themselves and within a group. The woodland environment is a great place to learn life’s lessons as the group develops throughout the seasons.

Forest school is beneficial to all children, particularly those who find it hard to flourish in the classroom. Those that find academia difficult tend to do well in the Forest school environment. It has also been a wonderful outlet for children with different additional needs, as they find a nurturing, relaxed and sense-inspiring outdoor setting a positive place to be. A classroom without walls!

Each Forest school is unique depending on the setting, the staff, and the children. But these core values are the glue that has made Forest School an essential educational tool around the world.

Forest School Playgroup in Action

What they discovered was so inspiring that they came back to England and opened the first Forest School. Since then, Forest School has gone from strength to strength and you can now find a Forest School, or something similar, in most schools, towns and cities.

Forest School aims to connect children and young people to the great outdoors, to make them champions for the environment and to provide a natural space for them to play, discover, explore, and learn. Building children up in order for them to be happy and healthy is key!

Forest School Playgroup in Action

It also gives children the space and time to just be, a frequently rare opportunity in our modern age. The focus is on soft skills, learning to be happy in themselves and within a group. The woodland environment is a great place to learn life’s lessons as the group develops throughout the seasons.

Forest school is beneficial to all children, particularly those who find it hard to flourish in the classroom. Those that find academia difficult tend to do well in the Forest school environment. It has also been a wonderful outlet for children with different additional needs, as they find a nurturing, relaxed and sense-inspiring outdoor setting a positive place to be. A classroom without walls!

Each Forest school is unique depending on the setting, the staff, and the children. But these core values are the glue that has made Forest School an essential educational tool around the world.

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