Schools at WildAboutWoods

In the learning outside the classroom manifesto it states "we believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances".

Forest school is a Danish concept that relies on learning by experience. Specialist Forest School Practitioners focus on the personal development and individual learning styles of the children, providing them with a good environment in which to learn and achieve, helping them to build their self-esteem, social skills and independence. Forest school programmes can last from 6 weeks to 36 weeks. Each programme is tailored to meet the individual needs of the participants taking into account their stage of development and learning styles and is, as far as possible, child led, to capitalise on their interests and to promote a sense of ownership. Forest school activities develop practical and intellectual skills which can all be linked to the National Curriculum and early learning goals of the foundation stage curriculum.

Each session combines woodland activities with teambuilding games and builds upon and extends the skills learnt in previous sessions. The children are set up for a successful experience building their self-esteem, leading to greater self-confidence. All instructions are given verbally, visually and by using practical demonstrations in order to cater for all learning styles and in particular for kinaesthetic learners. Activities are broken down into small achievable steps. Each step celebrates the child's success. On extended programmes the activities are often photographed and the pictures along with the children's comments will provide a basis for a classroom book made by the children. School staff must accompany the children at all times.

As forest school sessions take place outdoors in all weathers, it is important you ensure that your children are adequately clothed.
Suggested kit list:


A spare set of clothes for each child is recommended in case (when) they get wet or muddy.

Forest School Programmes

All sessions are designed around the needs of your group, and many areas of the National Curriculum are covered without the need of being curriculum led.

Class groups or selected groups of children with Special educational needs may all be catered for.
Groups may be selected for a number of reasons: low self-esteem, school phobia, poor attendance, anger management and ASD are amongst some of the recent group work we have worked with.

Programmes

Class sessions – particularly good for classes that don't gel well together.
Gifted & Talented – 6-week programme for primary aged children on the G&T register
Narrowing the Gap Programme – aimed at schools with poor attendance and hard to reach parents
Youth Groups – anger management
Special Schools - ASD

The principals of Forest Schools are two fold:
On an explicit level, the child/individual perceives their learning as:

On an implicit level, practitioners encourage children/individuals to:

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