Forest School is an inspirational process, which offers all participants opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning and play experiences in a natural environment.
- Is a long term process with frequent and regular sessions in a local natural space, not a one off visit.
- Takes place in a natural environment to support the development of a relationship with the natural world.
- Aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved.
- Fosters resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Builds on an individual's innate motivation and positive attitude to learning
- Offers opportunities to take supported risks appropriate to the environment.
- Is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously develop their professional practice.
At Bear & Lapor, Forest Schools can be delivered in various ways. An example would be:
- Half-day sessions - morning/afternoon or full days can be delivered.
- Groups of between 12 -15 pupils.
- Each "group" to attend 6 Forest School sessions over a half term.
- Skills and knowledge to be built up over these 6 weeks. Including:
- Shelter building - knots, materials to use
- Identification and use of different woods
- Use of tools to make items like pegs, whistles, etc
- Fire lighting & cooking
- Woodland games and activities
- Natural art
To create the programme, we work with senior management and staff to design to meet your needs.
- This would be off site in the woods, unless your setting has an appropriate wooded area.
- Public or private woods can be used.
- We often use Blackhills Scout Campsite, Nr Wildsen, BD16 1LB