Forest School (Updated: 24-06-2020)

Forest School

At The Redway Forest school our ethos is based on the fundamental respect of our students. We believe in enabling pupils to experience the wonders of the natural world through child centred play, discovery and exploration. Learning is based on the prosses rather than focusing on an end result and takes place at the pupil’s individual chosen pace.

Forest school is not a destination or a place, we do not ‘do’ forest school in a certain venue. It is an ethos, a way of being, an approach that is embedded in all we do. Forest school is a feeling that allows you to connect on a deeper level with the natural world around us. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore flora and fauna in a range of woodland and rural environments. Locations enable the pupils to experience the changing seasons, explore natural textures and materials and embrace eco- systems. By promoting problem solving, positive risk taking and a trial and error approach, the pupils self-esteem and confidence are able grow through their achievements. Working in a child lead environment ensures pupils are free to choose what they wish to engage in and that’s where the learning adventure begins.

Pupils are encouraged and supported to selecting appropriate clothing at the start of each session to promote self-care.

Sessions are very broadly planned with a range of activities ranging from nature exploration, bush craft, creative activities using a range of hand tools, nature trails, den building, sensory stories exploring natural textures and materials, fire craft and outdoor cooking. Support is given to the pupils to promote understanding of how to care for and respect each other  and the world around them.

Forest School enables pupils to:

  • Thrive by experiencing regular success
  • Develop confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Explore, discover and show curiosity to investigate
  • Develop positive relationships with people
  • Develop positive relationships with the natural world and support their own wellbeing.
  • Develop communication in all it’s forms
  • Develop Knowledge of flora and fauna.
  • Learn at their own pace in their chosen way.
  • Explore and experience different natural environments.
  • Develop problem solving skills.
  • Develop gross and fine motor skills.

We aim to:

  • Provide activities within woodlands which encompasses all the seasons.
  • Support play and opportunities to experience natural crafts.
  • Provide opportunities for outdoor cookery using natural ingredients or foraged ingredients.
  • Provide the use of open fire for bush craft or open fire cookery.
  • Provide mindfulness activities, for example outdoor yoga and relaxation sessions with natural aromas and materials.
  • Promote independence of pupils through exploration, map reading and symbols. While working independently and as a team.
  • Promote care for the environment contributing to local, national and global issues.
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