Forest School

Forest school, which started in Scandinavia and made its way over to the UK during the 90’s, is all about enabling children the freedom to explore and experience the natural world through hands on experiences outdoors. When it comes to forest school sessions it’s about the whole child and developing their social, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Being able to explore a forest or a natural area, heightens children’s senses and understanding of the natural world, as we focus on a child-led and play based learning approach, which helps develop their imagination, creativity, risk-taking and curiosity to flourish.

During are time over the forest, we help support and encourage the children to take risk, this could be them seeing how high they can climb up a tree or them risk assessing how deep a river is before jumping in to it.

There are six key principles regarding risk-taking, which follows:

  • Play at rapid speed

  • Play at great heights

  • Play with dangerous tools

  • Play near dangerous elements

  • Rough and Tumble play

  • Play where children can “disappear” or get lost. (we promise not to lose them 😉)

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Giving children the space and security to explore experiences that from an outside point of view might be deemed “dangerous”, but in reality, allows children to take on challenges that will help develop them into strong, confident, independent and resilient learners, but also allows them to have the space to develop empathy and understand themselves, others and the world.

The benefits of Forest school

  • Having the freedom to express their choices and interests

  • Understanding emotions with themselves and others

  • Physical and social development

  • Learning to assess and manage risk

  • Developing independence

  • Feeling and developing empathy for the environment and others

  • Building confidence and self-esteem

  • Improves motivation and concentration

  • Develops language and communication

  • Encourages social skills and team building

  • Mental health benefits

Activities 

  • Playing ‘hide n seek’ with friends                                 

  • Transporting friends over hills                                 

  • Making Clay Faces

  • Making Clay Dens

  • Going on Bug Hunts

  • Making rope swings

  • Fire lighting 

  • Climbing trees

  • Team work

  • Collecting woodland material 

  • Exploring different elements and tools

SCALLYWAGS HORNCHURCH, 59 SUTTONS LANE, HORNCHURCH, RM12 6RL ENGLAND

 

01708 476444

 

SCALLYWAGSNURSERY@HOTMAIL.CO.UK

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Ofsted Report

2020

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