If you go down to the woods today...
Forest School is an unique holistic educational process that aims to raise self-awareness and self-esteem in an outdoor, non classroom environment as well as enhancing learning . Forest School involves children/young people participating in small achievable tasks, connecting them with the environment and encouraging free exploration.
We deliver Forest School sessions as well as offering training for people to become Forest School leaders themselves.
What's it all about
Our qualified Forest School staff offer an ongoing, rewarding and safe learning experience, connecting children and nature through a programme of achievable tasks and free exploration. Sessions are attended over a minimum of half a term, and group sizes are kept to a maximum of 15 participants. This ensures each young person gets the support they need to achieve personalised outcomes. Staff work with children on an individual, small group or whole group level. This ensures a nurturing environment where participants can learn at their own pace; as a result their skills and confidence accumulate over time.
A typical session
During sessions participants could be building shelters, practicing safe fire lighting, using tools to create a wooden name badge, outdoor cooking, or tuning into the sites and sounds around them. Activities can also be curriculum linked to most subjects.
Participants benefit in many ways from Forest School including:
- improved behavior
- increased communication skills
- a positive relationship to learning
- increased self-esteem and better motor skills.
Find out more
For further information on our Forest School sessions or to book us in please contact our Forrest School Training Officer Duncan on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01889 880100
You can also download our Forest School leaflet below
Forest School leaflet
Forest School Staff Training
Train your staff to become OCN accredited Level 3 Forest School leaders so they can provide this amazing experience in your own setting. You will gain the skills, practical knowledge and confidence it takes to deliver Forest School and you will be supported and mentored throughout the training process and portfolio.
Course dates: We run Level 3 courses in Spring and Autumn and also run taster days for those interested in finding out more about the course. For specific course dates please search for Forest School in the What's On page of our website.
Cost: £975 per person which includes everything you need for your training including
the OCN assessment fees, ongoing tutor support and a specific Forest School First Aid Qualification.
You can check out our online What's On for dates or download the up-to-date poster for Stoke-on-Trent training sessions @ Westport Lake below
Forest School Leader courses @ Westport Lake 2019
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