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Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.

 

At Hazeltots, we offer all children the opportunity to take part in Forest School sessions at our chosen sites at Stringer’s Common. We aim to ensure that every child will take part in Forest school sessions twice (in 2 different seasons) during their time with us.

 

All Forest school activities are thoroughly risk assessed and are led by trained forest school leaders and assistants.

Forest School Activities

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Forest School Ethos

The ethos of forest School is based on developing self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility in people of all ages and ability. For every child to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world, in preparation for an ever-changing world and for them to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Forest School is based more on the process of learning rather than the content, more the ‘how’ than the ‘what’. This means that true Forest School moves away from planned activities, and is more unplanned, unexpected and unlimited.  This is achieved through inspirational, stimulating, hands-on, outdoor experiences in a woodland environment, using various tools and natural resources to bring learning to life. Its aim is not to replace classroom learning but to enhance, expand and add to it.

Children are taught to safely evaluate risks for themselves, consider others and take responsibility. They learn self-motivation and the ability to work independently, as well as skills such as teamwork, co-operation, problem solving and resourcefulness. There is now increasing evidence to show that forest school experiences enhance all areas of a child’s development.

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The ethos of forest School is based on developing self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility in people of all ages and ability. For every child to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world, in preparation for an ever-changing world and for them to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Forest School is based more on the process of learning rather than the content, more the ‘how’ than the ‘what’. This means that true Forest School moves away from planned activities, and is more unplanned, unexpected and unlimited.  This is achieved through inspirational, stimulating, hands-on, outdoor experiences in a woodland environment, using various tools and natural resources to bring learning to life. Its aim is not to replace classroom learning but to enhance, expand and add to it.

Children are taught to safely evaluate risks for themselves, consider others and take responsibility. They learn self-motivation and the ability to work independently, as well as skills such as teamwork, co-operation, problem solving and resourcefulness. There is now increasing evidence to show that forest school experiences enhance all areas of a child’s development.

Forest School Ethos

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