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Forest School

Carlyle Forest School has been up and running since September and is proving to be a big hit with everyone involved. As an important part of our commitment to outdoor learning we have developed an area of woodland where the children can get back to nature. All of the sessions are carefully planned to develop confidence and raise self-esteem; to promote team work, problem solving, communication and mutual respect; to improve physical skills; to teach children to be independent and take responsibility for themselves; to foster a love and appreciation for the natural word; to encourage children to reflect on their own learning and achievements; to provide activities that develop curiosity and a love for learning; and to have loads of FUN!

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

The Principles of Forest School:

  • Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off visit; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.