Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children develop quickly in the early years, where learning through play in a highly stimulating environment is vital in developing cognitive and motor skills, co-ordination and movement. A woodland setting lends itself perfectly to this growth and offers many opportunities for toddlers to enhance their sensory stimuli i.e. touching and feeling natures textures, making smelly potions from natures scents, climbing and balancing on natures appartus, or making creative masterpeices from natures treasures. In addition it is a great way to meet new parents, and indeed like-minded parents, who may share your love of the great outdoors!
Check out our events page to book your toddler onto one our NatureToTs mornings.
Primary, Middle & Secondary
Every child has an innate curiosity about the world that surrounds them and wholesome instincts to learn. Forest School builds on this natural intuition, and offers opportunities for children to achieve through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. Children are free to make choices, initiate their learning and take appropriate risks; in turn this encourages positive attitudes and builds resilience.
Forest school programmes emphasise the development of self-esteem, communication and social skills, personal responsibility and citizenship. These skills feed-back positively into school and other settings. When embedded in the curriculum, Forest School can enrich and link to areas of development and learning, that sometimes lessons in a normal 4 walled classroom cannot.
Please contact us direct for more information on forest school programmes in school.
Forest school lends itself perfectly to children and adults with additional learning difficulties. By the very nature of the natural setting participants generally feel calmer and less inhibited to learn. Every session takes into account individual and group needs, learning ability, styles of learning and stages of development. A suitable programme can be discussed and formulated with teachers/carers and adapted to include all individual needs of the group.
Parents are increasingly choosing to home-educate their children, as an alternative to mainstream education. Forest School programmes can be tailored to the individual requirements and needs of a group.