Welcome to the Wonderful World of Forest School!
Come and join us for a Forest School taster workshop in Croydon on the 4th February 2014! Sit around the campfire and experience typical Forest School activities in the wonderful woods! Cost only £30 per person (11am-2.30pm). Contact us to book!
Forest School is an exciting method of facilitating personal, social and emotional development through regular play and skill-based learning activities in the woodland environment. Inspired by Scandinavian nature kindergartens, Forest School has been developed in the UK into projects and activities suitable for diverse age groups and needs levels, from Babies to secondary school pupils and FE students.
For information about what is Forest School, please see below. For a quick look at our upcoming course dates, click here.
Wild Wood Activities and Forest School Wild Wood Activities offers Forest School projects, Forest School training and continuing professional development opportunities for Forest School assistants and practitioners. Wild Wood Activities is a member of the Forest School Association and the Forest School Trainers Network.
I have found out about Forest School but
- Would like to know how projects are run and how to access a project, please click here
- Would like to access Forest School training, please click here
- Am interested in Forest School CPD opportunities, please click here
- Would love to read some case studies, please click here
What is Forest School?
The practical application of Forest School has 3 main aspects: delivering Forest School projects, Forest School training and Forest School continuing professional development (eg. Forest School skill share events). Usually, when we are asked about Forest School, it is in relation to the benefits of Forest School projects for participants and how to access Forest School training.
- Forest School promotes team work, social responsibility, emotional learning and personal development through a wide range of activities.
- Forest School projects require regular access to a woodland/ outdoor environment and include transition activities as the group move into the ‘wilder’ space and a celebration at the end of the project.
- Forest School aims to build trust between the Forest School practitioner and the participants to enable them to achieve in a space often outside of their comfort zone.
- Forest School project planning allows time for participants to achieve small tasks, revisit skills and take ownership of their learning in a supportive environment.
- Forest School facilitates intelligent risk taking, problem solving, risk awareness and assessment amongst participants.
- Forest School sessions encourage reflection and observation with participants as well as adult members of the team.
- Forest School sessions remain flexible throughout the project to support learner-initiated learning, persistence in learning and deep learning. There is space for democratic decision-making within the group and also individual projects.
- Forest School projects are planned, delivered and led by qualified Forest School practitioners, assistance from parents and the community is always welcomed.
We have an information booklet designed for schools, please click here for a copy, or download our general information booklet here.
'My child enjoyed the campfire, making hot dogs, games, climbing trees, making dens. What can I say fantastic. It got my daughter out of the house doing something she likes, big well done '- JC (parent)
What do we do during a Forest School project?
A simple answer to that is anything and everything! From hunting dragons and telling stories to learning survival skills and exploring the natural world.
Here are some of the things your group might do in the woods:
• Learn how to build different types of natural shelters using gathered materials.
• Use man made material to build shelters
• Perform stories and create story spaces
• Create woodland art from bark rubbings to sculpture using hand tools
• Play team building, problem solving and, above all, fun games.
• Learn basic woodcraft skills using a range of hand tools
• Appreciate natural history through tree, plant, animal and insect identification activities.
• Forage for natural foods
• Firelighting skills and fire safety
• Campfire cooking skills
• Free play and reflective time in the outdoors
• Increased confidence and self esteem in participants
• Improvement in gross motor skills
• Increased understanding of the natural world and seasonal changes
• Curriculum links with Forest School activities
• Increased parent participation in a school project
• Positive atmosphere in school with participants wanting to share their experiences within the school community
• Relationship building within the local community through Forest School celebrations, involving local services such as the police and also local organisation such as Groundworks in projects.
Please see our recent evaluation of our Wincobank Forest School project here.
How can we access Forest School?
- Sign up for our Level 2 Forest School Assistant or our Level 3 Forest School Practitioner training
- Already trained but feel you need support, we offer a mentoring service for Forest School Practitioners
- Organise an inset day for your setting
- Wild Wood Activities can run a Forest School Project for you! For more information click here
- Is Forest School suitable for groups with special needs?
- We don't want a whole Forest School project but would like a Forest School taster session for my group
- What about Forest School projects for young people (secondary age)?
- Can you offer Forest School activities at our summer school? click here for more information
Make your setting stand out, contact us to access Forest School training, taster and inset days and Forest School projects.
These people have, read what they have to say!
‘the best thing about the activity was being out in the woods. There was nothing I did not enjoy, I learnt how to make fire. The best playscheme ever! Being out more could have been better’ E . Heathcote, Wincobank Forest School participant (aged 8)
I really enjoyed those three days of Level 2 training, in fact I was outside all weekend. In Forest School today I decided to let the kids have an opportunity to play with mud , and make Hedgehogs..they all recoiled, saying it looked 'disgusting'!,, but they all eventually joined in, and had a FANTASTIC time...we couldn't get them to stop..Success!! H. Bowman, Level 2 trainee, Owlerbrook Primary School, Sheffield
Just a note to say thanks for today - the children really enjoyed it and are desperate to finish their sticks tomorrow! M Stepto, Woodley Primary, Stockport
Thanks I had a great time and feel I learnt some really useful skills. J. Buss (Level 2 Forest School Assistant Award), Derbyshire
Karen and Jayne really enjoyed the training and it's great to feel like Forest Schools is really taking off at Spire. I'm running a whole school Forest School staff meeting in a couple of weeks- can't wait. Kate Heydon, teacher, Spire Infants School, Chesterfield, Derbyshire