Forest School

Forest School is learning at its best; fun, exciting and empowering.

An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults opportunities to achieve and develop through self-led, hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment. Learners gain new skills, improve physical and mental health and increase personal and social development. Learning can link with classroom subjects, bringing topics to life and stimulating interest.

What happens at Forest School?
Our Forest School delivers group sessions for schools and organisations – you can come to our fantastic Forest School site, we can come to your school grounds or we can work with local landowners to find a woodland near you.

Activities include fires, den building, tool use, woodland arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and trails, flora and fauna identification, muddy play and storytelling. In cold weather there is hot chocolate or food cooked on the fire.

Children are encouraged to try things out and learn from experience rather than following a rigid set of instructions. This can involve working as a team and learning how to cope with failure or setbacks; all crucial skills to take into the adult world.

A Forest School programme engages a group over a number of weeks, increasing their skills, knowledge and comfort in the outdoors, in addition to re-connecting them with the natural world. In order for a programme to have lasting impact, a group should be engaged for a minimum of six sessions, as an introduction to Forest School, but preferably for longer, although one-off experience sessions are also available.

We also offer workshops for teaching staff to gain a greater understanding of the Forest School process and more general outdoor learning workshops to encourage teaching staff to take learning outdoors and use the outdoor environment.

We’re working on plans for family events based on Forest School principles, so, watch this space…..

For more information, contact:
Kathryn Barton | Forest School Development Officer
email: kathryn.barton@kent.gov.uk
Direct dial: 03000 418288
Mobile: 07396 565019

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