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Forest School Ethos follows 7 guiding principles set by the Forest School Association:

Forest School is a long term process of regular sessions, rather then a one off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaption and review links each session.

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Forest School takes place in a bushland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between learner and the natural world.

2.

Forest School uses a range of learner centered processes to create a community for being, development and creative learning.

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Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

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Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risk appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

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Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

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Forest school provides an opportunity for exploration and discovery but most of all, for children  to have fun!

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Forest School

Forest school is an inspirational approach to learning in which children visit natural spaces on a regular basis to learn physical, social and technical skills. It provides opportunities to build self-esteem through hands-on learning in a bush, beach or other natural environment. Child-led learning and play is an integral part of the pedagogy, as is the development of teamwork and sensory awareness or mindfulness. Forest school includes a variety of practical activities, in which students are supported and empowered to manage their own risk and build resilience.

Peppa Pig may be the most famous of the muddy puddle jumpers, however, she's not the only little person getting her gumboots dirty. Around the world, children are immersing themselves in nature play and benefitting from an outdoor learning approach.

 

What activities might children do at bush kindy?

Forest Kindy, bush kindy activities are usually child-led and play-based, with children using all five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell) to experience and learn.

Depending on the weather, the environment and the children, forest learning activities may include:

  • Tree climbing

  • Jumping in muddy puddles

  • Sensory walks

  • Foraging

  • Shelter-building

  • Fire building, fire-lighting and campfire cooking

  • Woodwork and using hand tools

  • Nature art

  • Games, like hide and seek

  • Meditation and yoga

  • Role-play and imaginary play

  • Mini-beast hunts

What are the benefits of forest learning?

All children can benefit from an outdoor approach to learning, from the very young to school kids to those with disabilities. Forest learning has many benefits. Namely, children:

  • Develop independence and self-esteem

  • Develop creativity

  • Get to enjoy outdoor play

  • Learn practical outdoor skills

  • Spark their curiosity and sense of wonder

  • Are exposed to a healthy level of risk

  • Learn how to problem solve

  • Learn how to communicate and collaborate

  • Build trust

  • Learn about nature and gain a sense of 'environmental stewardship'

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