Forest School

What is Forest School?

Think of Forest School as a classroom in the woods, literally a school in the forest. Children who take part often see it as playtime; what child wouldn't jump at the chance to leave a stuffy classroom and have a run around outside? It is however much more than just playing in the woods.

Forest school originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s as a way of teaching children about the natural world. The concept was brought to the U.K. in 1995.

Forest school is an important way for some respond positively to their environment and the people around them. It may be a chance to succeed where before they have only failed, and so they are, as a result, more likely to respond to future learning opportunities and experiences, excellent for any child!

The way people relate to the world around them, and their ability to get on and get, are linked - trust and mutual understanding, personal skills, knowledge and self-confidence which is linked to their ability to get on and get ahead.

Most people who have had anything to do with Forest School agree that there is something special about this radical approach to teaching. They see remarkable changes in the behaviour of those children who do not perform as well in traditional classroom environments; they blossom in Forest School. Sometimes the transformations are astounding, and yet, the existing academic tests tell less than half of the story.

Here at Countess Wear each class has a morning or afternoon in Forest School per week. We are now growing our own vegetables, plant trees and flowers to enhance the area, saw up wood, cook on an open fire, and have recently planted our own orchard. Our activities list is enormous!

Want to find out more? Then come on in and join a session!

Margaret Watson