Forest School is an outdoor approach to learning whereby the child is able to ‘learn through doing’ and gain a variety of skills in teambuilding, lateral thinking as well as gaining an understanding of the outside environment.
Through Forest School children are given an opportunity to interact in a very different way with their peers and adults, the emphasis being looking at ways to build childrens’ self esteem and ability to think and act creatively. The child which attends Forest school will also learn a great deal about their local environment, what can be found there and its uses.
Aims of Forest School at SJSC:
The aim of Forest School is to:
- Build self-esteem and independence when learning
- Enhance and strengthen team working skills and collaborative behaviour
- Enable a greater respect and understanding for the natural environment and how to care for it
- Create a curriculum based approach to learning within a natural setting
- Provide a different approach to learning which is not classroom based
- Ensure that children feel a sense of pride in their achievements and recognise their own strengths
- Develop gross and fine motor skills
- Practice safe routines and become increasingly aware of safe practices
- Use all senses to explore and learn about the site
- Develop communication skills that involve planning, negotiating and presenting