This week two local schools came to the Children’s Wood to participate in our Forest School sessions with Mike Brady, he also led some Forest School for families. They went really well, people made dens, swings, climbed ropes, made tea and had general outdoor fun. For some of the children this was the first time they done anything like this, and they loved it. We’re looking forward to Mike’s Forest School Club for schools next Friday, and to Joyce’s nursery to primary transition course with two local schools in a few weeks time. We have plans to run more outdoor learning sessions soon, we’ll keep you posted.
A 6 week Forest School Club for Schools will be starting the week beginning 18th of February. Spaces are limited so get in contact soon to avoid disappointment. To book a place contact Emily on firstname.lastname@example.org More information below!
Forest School at the Children’s Wood, North Kelvin Meadow
What is on offer?
A six week programme of Forest School (FS) sessions, involving one morning or afternoon visit to the Children’s Wood each week. The sessions offer an outdoor approach to delivering Curriculum for Excellence, and will be tailored to suit the learning and development needs of each group. All pupils in nursery, primary, secondary or special education can be catered for, but each session can only be attended by a maximum of 15 children
A typical session will include:
The role of the teacher:
The role of the Forest School leader:
Who is the Forest School leader?
The sessions will be led by Gail Cisman (a Forest School Practitioner qualified at Level 3). Gail also has a current Outdoor First Aid certificate, PVG Scheme membership (Disclosure Scotland), and appropriate insurance. Moreover, Gail is a fully qualified and registered Primary Teacher with around 10 years of experience as a Countryside Ranger.
What is Forest School?
Forest School has been described as “an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.” (Forest Education Initiative, 2010)
The key features of a Forest School are:
These features ensure that a secure, stimulating learning environment is provided, in which children can follow their own interests and develop their natural curiosity about the world around them. Forest School offers a flexible approach to learning, and the activities enjoyed may include transient art, den building, wildlife tracking, balancing and climbing, working with tools, cooking on a fire, storytelling and singing.
Where did Forest School come from?
Forest Schools were developed in Scandinavia in the 1950s as a way of teaching children about the natural world, and by the 1980s they were an integral part of the Danish early years programme. The benefits of Forest School were witnessed by a group of British nursery nursing students who visited Denmark in 1995, and they brought the idea back to England. Since then, Forest Schools have spread throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
What are the benefits of Forest School?
Research has shown that Forest School can have numerous benefits, such as:
(O’Brien & Murray, 2006)
Forest Education Initiative (2010). What is an FEI Forest School?
O’Brien, E. & Murray, R. (2006). A marvellous opportunity for children to learn: a
participatory evaluation of Forest School in England and Wales. Surrey: Forest Research
You can contact Gail by email at email@example.com if you would like any further information.
Gail is running two FREE Forest School Club taster sessions in the Children’s Wood next Friday, 26th October for 3 – 5 year olds and their parent/caregiver. Session in the morning will run from 9:45-11:45 and the afternoon is on at 12:45 – 2:45. These tasters classes can help you decide whether to sign up for the 5 week Forest School Club. See this poster for more information Forest School Club Poster
We have updated the Forest School Club section of the website where you can get more information about the Forest School Club, theory, logistics, costs etc.
Come along and join Forest School Practitioner, Susan Byrne in the Children’s Wood this Thursday from 10-12pm for a FREE taster session. Susan is starting a Forest School Club on Thursday mornings as of the 27th of September, for children aged 3-6yrs. Spaces are limited. For more information on Susan’s Forest School Club click here or come along on Thursday to find out more.
Susan will be starting another Forest School Club in North Kelvin Meadow on Thursday mornings, 10-12pm as of the 27th of September. Come and join her for a FREE taster session on the 20th of September, 10-12pm. Find out more about Susan’s Forest School Club below: