Forest School uses the outdoor environment to help all children learn. Children are encouraged to develop independent skills to help raise their self-esteem through small achievable tasks.
The development of Forest School in Britain began in the mid-1990s; it is based on a Scandinavian idea that considers children’s contact with nature to be extremely important.
Learning Outside the Classroom
The DCSF’s Learning outside the Classroom Manifesto (DfES 2006) opens with the statement 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.”
Learning outside the classroom is about recognising that the best place for learning may not always be in conventional classroom environment. The outdoors should simply be seen as another, much larger classroom, with an abundance of natural resources and many opportunities for hands-on, ‘real life’ learning.
When planning a project or unit of work, teachers should always consider how and where learning would best take place, and plan for frequent, continuous and progressive outdoor learning experiences
Hallmoor Forest School
Our Forest School was opened in 2012 on the old Hallmoor site. On our new site forest school area was opened in 2017 after identifying an area and erecting a fence.
Mr D Mills is our fully trained NVQ level 3 Forest School leader.