Forest School is a learning approach, originating in Scandinavia, offering children the opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in a woodland or natural environment. It supports the development of a relationship between the child and the natural world, promoting holistic development and creating confident, resilient, independent and creative learners. It allows children the opportunity to learn through risk taking, independent decision-making and being able to explore freely in a natural and safe space.
At Blackheath Prep our Forest School offers children a positive learning experience where they are allowed, and even encouraged, to get messy, participating in activities such as:
- building dens
- playing with mud
- climbing trees and balancing on logs
- using tools
- bird watching
- learning about our impact on the environment
- helping others and working together
- identifying trees
- bug hunting and so much more.
Dressed in weatherproof clothing, our Early Years children attend regular sessions with our qualified Forest School Leader in our Garden of Imagination, visit the pond and make use of our very own mini woodland within the school grounds.
Allowing children the opportunity to learn outside encourages them to reconnect with nature and gain a practical understanding of the world around them. It promotes physical, mental and emotional health and improved communication and problem solving skills. The children thoroughly enjoy their Forest School sessions and without even realising how much they are learning, they are having fun and learning skills in a practical, hands-on way. We are proud to be able to give our children the opportunity to experience Forest School, to further enrich their learning and secure a healthy future for both the children and for nature.