Originating in Scandinavia, ‘Forest School’ came over to the UK in the 90’s. It has key principles which separate it from other ‘Outdoor Learning’ or other ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ methods.
It’s more than just getting muddy & bug hunting, and always lots of fun!
The Forest School Association has clear principles to guide us:
- FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.