Forest School Practitioners Mrs Wiltshire and Miss Parker
What is Forest School?
Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through twelve weekly sessions. The program at Balby Central supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Forest School experiences encourage children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence through respectful interactions with others and the natural environment. Working as a team to solve problems, children develop and foster communication and negotiation skills. These skills prepare the children for the world, both inside and outside of school.
In forest school we work together to solve problems, help each other out and use equipment. We learn that by asking a friend to help, we can do things we can’t do by ourselves.
Sometimes, we find things really tough at Forest School, but we believe that is ok. If we find things hard we keep trying and that helps us build perseverance and resilience.
Our see-saw only works if there is a child at either end, so we have to work together to get the see-saw to move.
Children will have opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
Developing teamwork skills
At Forest School we work together to solve problems, help each other out and use equipment. We learn that by asking a friend to help we can do things we cannot do by ourselves.
Using our imagination and being creative
We love to use our imagination in forest school. Don't tell us what to do, we can be creative and let our imaginations run wild.
Forest School is an opportunity for the children at Balby Central to have new, creative experiences in the outdoor environment in a safe way.