Forest School Vision & Philosophy
“The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment....By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities...each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.”
Blackmoor Park Infant School’s Forest School believes that outdoor play is important for child development and learning, an entitlement for our pupils. However, Forest School is much more than just outdoor play, as the above quote illustrates.
Forest School is learner-centred and led by the individual. The role of Forest School practitioners is to provide resources, activities and skills development but when the pupil requires or requests them. Observation is the practitioner’s key method of assessing and planning a Forest School programme for every pupil, lead by the pupil themselves.
Unlike learning in the classroom or during outdoor learning/play, the focus of Forest School is to develop the social and emotional aspects of each individual and provide a programme that develops resilience, independence and confidence.