Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
At Woodlea Primary School pupils have the opportunity to participate in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment. Each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.
Forest School at Woodlea has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit our woodlands on a regular basis and through play, who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes at Woodlea run throughout the year, going to the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.
Forest School at Woodlea Primary School aims to develop:
- • Intrinsic motivation
- • Empathy
- • Good social communication skills
- • Independence
- • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
Children need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships. Their experiences at Forest Schools allow them to develop an understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.
← Shelter building at Woodlea Forest School.
Activities such as cooking and woodland crafts. →
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