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The Forest School concept originates in Denmark where it is has been used extensively with young school children. Children attending forest schools developed strong social skills, the ability to work in groups effectively and generally children had high self esteem and confidence in their own capabilities. This proved to be a fantastic foundation for learning that had a very positive influence on later academic achievements.

Children are encouraged to:

  • develop personal and social skills
  • work through practical problems and challenges
  • use tools to create, build or manage
  • discover how they learn best
  • pursue knowledge that interests them
  • learn how to manage failure
  • build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk
  • develop practical skills and physical ability
  • understand the benefits of a balanced and healthy lifestyle
  • explore the connections between humans, wildlife and the earth
  • regularly experience achievement and success
  • reflect on learning and experiences

It has been shown that Forests Schools can:

  • encourages a better understanding of the outdoors and our nature surrounding us
  • increases self-esteem and self confidence
  • improves co-operation, communication skills and awareness of others
  • increases motivation, self discovery and positive attitude towards learning
  • encourages ownership and pride in the local environment
  • Increases the skills and knowledge of the individuals that take part

Activities might include:

  • shelter building
  • woodland and traditional crafts
  • developing stories/drama and meeting imaginary characters
  • art and sculpture work
  • exploring the landscape and history
  • playing team and group games
  • studying wildlife
  • rope and string work
  • fire lighting
  • sensory activities
  • tool use
  • cooking on an open fire
Contact Us
Springfield Infant School and Nursery
Sackville Road, Worthing
West Sussex
BN14 8BQ,
t: 01903 219243