Forest School

At Chums in the Wood forest school sessions are child led not curriculum driven.  Forest school sessions offer children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment where ‘the classroom is never the same’. Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world. The Forest School concept originates in Denmark, originally aimed at pre-school children, where it was found that children who had attended forest school then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills, having the ability to work in groups effectively, generally had high self-esteem and a confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped them to raise their academic achievements.

A Forest School encourages children to:

Develop personal and social skills

Work through practical problems and challenges

Use tools to create, build or manage

Discover how they learn best

Pursue knowledge that interests them

Learn how to manage failures

Build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk

Develop practical skills

Understand the benefits of a balanced and healthy lifestyle

Explore connections between humans, wildlife and the earth

Regularly experience achievement and success

Reflect on learning and experiences

Develop their language and communication skills

Improve physical motor skills

Become more motivated

Improve their concentration skills

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