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About Forest School
Forest School Circa 1956
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Forest School was introduced in
Sweden, Denmark, and other
European countries in the 1950's
Those who attended Forest Kindergartens began arriving at traditional schools with strong social skills, the ability to work effectively in groups, and generally had high self-esteem and self-confidence
In 2008, Canada’s first Forest School opened; Carp Ridge Forest School is just outside Ottawa, Ontario.
Since then, several forest and nature school programs have successfully launched elsewhere in Canada.
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.
Uploaded on Oct 7, 2011
The Brief - To put the spotlight on outdoor learning at Stroud. To let prospective parents see what happens during Forest School sessions and what sort of skills the children are acquiring.
The Film - Initially this was to be a part of the Early Years video, but we felt the footage was so strong that it justified a stand-alone feature. The pictures of the children engaging with their teacher in a woodland environment, with an overview of what Forest learning offers to the children, makes a very watchable and persuasive feature.
• Promotes safe risk-taking, and reduces harmful and hazardous behaviours
• Improves health (environmental, physical, emotional, mental)
• Develops of fine and gross motor skills
• Increases understanding of and appreciation for nature
• Makes additional resources available for managing difficult behaviours
• Accommodates multiple learning styles
• Affordable and community-enhancing way to deal with school space issues
• Creates sustainable and healthy communities
• Encourages problem-solving skills
• Improves communication skills
• Supports creative and imaginative thinking
• Empowers learners
• Boosts self-esteem
• Provides greater concentration skills
• Students experience fewer sick days
Goals of Approach
Forest School takes place in the same setting on a regular basis over an extended period of time. This gives students the opportunity to learn a great deal about the area and enables them to develop a lasting connection with nature.
Characteristics which distinguish this approach from others
Forest School curriculum is largely emergent, child-directed, and play-based. The ethos of Forest School allows learners the time and space to develop their interests, skills, and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences.
Interesting Facts About the Forest Curriculum
Another name for a Forest School is a “Nature or Outdoor School”
Forest schools usually provide a higher adult to child ratio than some learning styles, in order to ensure children are supported sufficiently in a higher risk environment
Initially Forest projects are run from their own grounds/gardens/playing fields (where appropriate) allowing the children to become comfortable with an outdoor approach to education and play
Maplewood Forest School is the first Forest School in Southwestern Ontario and the first Forest School in Canada to offer programs to both preschool and school-aged children.
Forest schools can be linked to the Ontario Curriculum in many subject areas including: Science, Language, Mathematics, Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies, and the Kindergarten Curriculum
* Education Approach has existed worldwide since the late 1950s
* Forest School (FS) is pedagogical approach and program of delivery
* Gives opportunity to learn about the natural environment
* Teaches how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others
* A drive to build young people’s independence and self-esteem through experiencing the natural world
* Viewing, interacting with and living in natural environments can have multiples effects on “reducing stress, increasing patience, increasing self-discipline, increasing capacity for attention, and increasing recovery for mental fatigue
Get ready for an adventure!