Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s and was introduced to England in the 80’s. Lessons are delivered via hands-on activities and learning, inspired by the woodland/garden Kingsley campus setting.
The children are given tasks designed to build confidence and self-esteem, without the constraints of being in the classroom.
This freedom leads to an increase in learning skills through enquiry, hypothesis and decision-making.
Physical development is also improved, whilst the natural environment promotes an understanding of living in harmony with the world around us.
Team building and problem-solving games are used to improve social skills.
The Forest Schools philosophy and practice of monitored risk-taking extends boundaries of learning. The children understand that it is acceptable to make mistakes or even fail, as there will be plenty of opportunities to practise and improve.