"Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment." Forestry Commission, England.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. As part of our Forest School enrichment, we use the Wild Passport approach. The Wild Passport is a skill, knowledge and competency based outdoor learning curriculum and progression monitoring system. Providing a five year curriculum, the WILD Passport has 125 Learning Outcomes split over five separate competencies to take learners from the very foundations of woodland skills right through to an advanced level. Designed as a stand alone programme or to support existing outdoor learning approaches such as Forest Schools, the Wild Passport provides a framework for evidencing learner progression and achievement, providing justification for the provision of outdoor learning opportunities.
We currently offer Forest School to all year groups, including Pre-School, for a minimum of one half term per year. Each session will be approximately 2 hours and take place in all weather conditions (except lightning or strong winds).
The Forest School programme is led by our own Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader, Jade Barrett.