Forest School, as we understand it in the UK, in an approach to engaging groups of children in woodland settings. As the Forest School Community has grown and become much more established this approach has been refined into an ethos that underpins all Forest School activity and a set of core principals that clearly identify the Forest School model and what it has to offer.
Forest School was initially developed mainly with early years groups, but over time has been enjoyed by groups of all ages. Since September 2014 Queen’s Park Primary School has been very proud to call itself a Forest School with groups of children from our early years visiting the beautiful woods of Hampstead Heath for one day a week for a period of up to 10 weeks to learn and opportunities for Year 1 to Year 6 to continue their learning opportunity.
The relevance of Forest school today is stronger than ever, with a growing field of evidence exploring the benefits and increased awareness of the damage being done to children through lack of outdoor activity in natural settings. We firmly believe that providing our children with the opportunity to participate in Forest School will help them develop resilience, cooperation and self esteem and allow our fully qualified Forest School practitioners with the opportunity to challenge the children physically and intellectually in the best classroom we have at our disposal, the natural world.