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 or natural environment with trees.” Forest School Association

At Springfield we are lucky to have a piece of woodland in the school grounds and, since 2012, we have been using the outdoor area for Forest School.

In Forest School we learn about being outdoors, how to make fires and shelters, how to climb trees, to identify plants and animals, to use our imaginations, to explore and ask questions and to share our thoughts, ideas and feelings. 

Children work together or individually on activities that are child-led and intrinsically motivated. By allowing children to take supported risks, Forest School can help to develop self-esteem, confidence and resilience. By encouraging children to take part in group sharing, communication is developed and language is shared.

By allowing children to spend significant time being active outdoors, Forest School can improve well-being & physical health.