Astwood Bank Forest School
What is Forest School? Forest School is a fun and exciting outdoor learning environment, which usually takes place in a forest or woodland, where children are encouraged to explore nature, free to learn through self-led exploration and discovery most importantly without the constraints of the four walls. They are encouraged, through hands on learning experiences, to make their own choices, developing confidence, raising self-esteem and self-awareness.
We are very lucky at Astwood Bank Primary because we have a fantastic Forest School area with an open Fire Circle, a small woodland that consists of a mud kitchen, a den building area, an enclosed pond, an allotment area and a bird hide.
Originated in 1950’s Scandinavia, Forest School became popular in the early 70’s and 80’s in Denmark. In 1993 a group of Nursery Teachers visited Denmark to look at the outdoor, forest based pre-school system which had spread throughout the Scandinavian Early Years education system. Upon their return to the UK they developed and established their own Forest School programme which gives children significant opportunities for the development of spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, emotional cognitive and creative skills.
Forest School is inspiring! It leads to an understanding and caring for our natural environment, something which our future generations will have to fight hard for, with Climate Change looming ever closer.