‘Young children learn best when they are motivated through playful learning experiences and are given opportunities to direct their own learning both indoors and within outdoor environments.’
Forest school is a long-term approach to education, for children, young people and adults, that maximises the benefits of learning in the outdoors. Whilst its roots are planted firmly in our best understanding of the theory of how children learn, its practice puts the learner at the heart of their learning experience. From this fundamental platform, forest school offers children and young people the opportunity, over repeated visits, to engage with the rich natural diversity of the woodland environment to help build confidence, sensitivity, resilience and curiosity. (FSTC)
At St. Andrew’s School, we aim to offer every EYFS child the Forest School experience across the seasons, delivered by a fully trained forest school leader and staff.
In Reception, sessions take place weekly in a small woodland area in the grounds of Cobham Hall School. The staff and children travel to the site on the school mini-bus.