Greenfield Primary School

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Forest School

At Greenfield Primary we have our own Forest School Site within the school grounds. All our Foundation Stage Classes have a Forest School session each week, our Year One class visit fortnightly, and all other classes have at least one session every half-term. 

 

What is Forest School? 

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self- esteem through hands on experience in a woodland environment.  It is a learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. 

 

Principles 

  1.  Long Term process of regular sessions
  2.  Takes place in a woodland and develops the relationship between the learner and the natural world
  3.  Promotes the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
  4.  Run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice
  5.  Offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves 
  6.  Uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning 

 

History of Forest School

Working outside with young children in a woodland area was developed in Denmark in the 1950's, but wasn’t actually called Forest School.  In the 1990 practitioners from Bridgewater College went over to Scandinavia to observe these outdoor kindergartens and on their return developed what is now known in this country as Forest School. The development of the Forest School Area at Greenfield Primary started in 2013, as we reclaimed an area of the school grounds and 2 members of staff started their Level 3 Forest School Training.