“(Let) the wild world weave its magic on young people. Wild places have a unique capacity to release a sense of adventure, stimulate imaginations, unleash creativity and restore a sense of wonder… The wild world is ripe with endless possibilities for play, creativity and discovery.”
Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks.
All children (and adults) learn a wonderful amount from the natural world; they make discoveries, gain independence and pride, they build friendships and they develop confidence.
Forest School sessions are about giving all children access to the wonder and possibility for learning in the natural world, and adults a chance to find inspiration.
Ideally children go out on a regular basis – to enable a deeper approach than a one-off visit. Children go out in all seasons and in all weathers – with appropriate clothing and resources (this includes waterproofs, wellies, warm hats for cold days and sun hats for sunny days, gloves etc and also sometimes includes use of different shelters outside). There’s always time built into every session for food and drink, conversation and sharing: usually in a central camp area.