Forest School is an approach to education that embraces the outdoors as a learning environment. It is about children experiencing regular, weekly sessions in a designated Forest School site.
Children follow the usual curriculum but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence and language and communication skills.
At Forest School children learn to assess and manage risks and develop life long learning skills. Forest School has physical, social and health benefits; helping young people to enjoy physical activity outdoors in increasingly sedentary lives.
At Highfield Primary School we are very fortunate to have a Forest School site within the school grounds. We have a trained Forest School Leader – Mrs H Croft – who currently leads sessions with children in 2 classes each week.
Forest School takes place in all weathers and all seasons. Children and adults must be dressed appropriately as ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!’