Forest School is a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests and woodlands to learn personal, social, physical and technical skills. It has been defined as ‘an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.’
Forest schools use the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children. Personal skills such as teamwork and problem solving are also learnt. The woodland environment may also be used to learn about other curriculum subjects and to enhance communication skills.
At Martin Primary School all our children in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 classes access the Forest School programme. The activities are overseen by fully qualified Forest School practitioners, supported by school staff and parent/carer volunteers and governors.
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