Curriculum Statement for Forest School
Forest School at Parkside School follows 6 guiding principles:
- A long term process of regular and frequent visits to a natural environment.
- The sessions in a natural place support the development of a relationship between the participant and the natural world.
- The sessions promote resilience, confidence, independence and creativity.
- Forest School sessions offer participants the opportunity to take supported risks which are appropriate for them.
- Sessions are run by a qualified Forest School leader.
- Sessions are learner centred; future planning is based on the interests and chosen projects of the learner.
Our children and young people access Forest School throughout the year so they can experience the natural environment in all seasons and all weathers.
Tools and equipment are provided to encourage learners to notice and observe nature closely, and to create new habitats for animals in our area to increase biodiversity on our site.
Achievements are quietly celebrated while emphasis is put on process over product, with enjoyment and the quality of the experience being the most important feature. Forest School should be relaxing and fun above all else.
Activities in Forest School are widely varied according to the interests of the participants; from gardening to hiding games, from creating habitats to weaving with wool, from making fire to digging for treasure, from cooking to printing with natural dyes.
Developing independence, social relationships and self esteem are at the heart of Forest School, through taking part in self chosen activities in a relaxed environment where support is available when needed.