School trip to Fairy Forest School
FOREST SCHOOL IS MORE THAN JUST OUTDOOR LEARNING/EDUCATION
Learning skills in woods is hardly a new concept – you can imagine human prehistory parents and elders teaching children how to light a fire, erect shelters and seek out wild foods.
As human society moved on we have become more industrialised and less connected with nature. Learning has become a science with learning theories on how we learn and develop. Less learning occurs at home with the state stepping in to shoulder the burden of learning the knowledge and skills we now need to survive in a modern world. This disconnect or longing combined with modern teaching practices could be seen as the parents of forest school.
A forest school and outdoor education company for families, schools, nurseries,groups and preschools
One key conception was when a group of nursery staff near Taunton went to Denmark to immerse themselves in open air culture ‘Frulitsliv’. They saw children learning via their own creativity and ideas with appropriate help (scaffolding) when they needed it. It had an impact and when they got home they created their own ‘forest school’ in the early 90’s.
What are you trying your children to get out of forest school? Examples might be team building, greater confidence, social interaction, conservation, skills, hand eye coordination, curriculum objectives; the list goes on and on.
In a nut shell competent and skilful teaching but beyond the classroom and curriculum. A pedagogue focuses more on life skills but the term is often interchangeable with teacher.
The practitioner draws on their skills to pass on and learns new things. As a minimum it includes practical knowledge and ability, tools, fires, Risk Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments, applying educational theories including scaffolding, multiple intelligences,etc., Health and Safety, woodland management and practical skills.