Forest school originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s and is an approach to learning that takes children into the great outdoors whatever the weather to explore the natural environment. At Storybook, we are big believers in the benefits of outdoor learning and Forrest School is an important part of our curriculum. Our children love going to Forest School (FS) under the watchful eye of our trained teacher Miss Claire.
Forest school activities include:
Making campfires and cooking
Building shelters and dens
Playing in the mud
Various social games such as hide and seek
Using nature for arts and crafts
Animal spotting and bug hunting
Although making fires or building dens using saws and hammers can be seen as something dangerous that children should not be doing, highly trained forest school practitioners constantly keep an eye on what the children are up to.
Most people associate risks with harm, but the forest school ethos sees risks as something for children to overcome, which expands their abilities and self-belief and teaches them to take care of themselves.
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