Our Forest School Ethos
Here at Rosedene we have discovered the huge benefits of a Forest School ethos approach to children’s development. Forest School is an inspirational learning process, that offers all children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.
The learner-centred approach taken at Forest School interweaves with the ever-changing moods, conditions, resources and challenges of the natural world through the varying seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and enchantment. Each session shares a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.
We are currently in the process of introducing Forest School sessions across our all of our settings with a trial programme running throughout the summer break which will morph into a permanent schedule when the new September term arrives.
The children who have taken part in our trial programme throughout the summer are now in week 3 of the 6-week syllabus. So far they have taken on tasks such as outdoor cooking on a campfire, woodland weaving, den and shelter building, orienteering and much much more. With each week passing, the children become more confident when exploring the woodland areas and learn to focus on theirs and their friend’s safety while outdoors.
Our aim is to incorporate the Forest School ethos into everyday life at Rosedene come rain, snow or shine. We are already in the process of training several staff members to become fully qualified Level 3 Forest School Leaders. This is a recognised qualification and only educational facilities with staff who hold this qualification can declare themselves as Forest Schools.
We are also beginning to explore the possibility of branching out into other extensions including Beach Schools to further extend the ethos and ensure children from all of our settings are able to take part.
As recent research now confirms, children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being. As well as building strong relationships with their peers and learning to lean on them for advice, support and assistance.
We will be constantly updating parents on the introduction of our Forest School ethos and we are here to answer any questions you may have as the syllabus is introduced. Please take time to look through the below pictures and see for yourself the exciting, thought provoking activities undertaken at each session...