Forest Schools

Welcome to Forest School at Norwood

A History
Forest School is a concept which has come from Scandinavia. It has been adapted for England since 1995 through Bridgwater College in Somerset. There are now Forest Schools across Britain, especially in Scotland, Wales and counties in southern England. There are very few Forest Schools in the North West and at Norwood we are extremely lucky to have our own private woodland on site, as often schools have to travel to public woodlands for Forest School sessions. Forest School began at Norwood in 2009 and is led by Mr M. James. Children are timetabled for Forest School on a half termly basis. 

The Benefits of Forest School

  • Raises self esteem, skills in cooperation and listening, empathy and enthusiasm for learning in evry child who attends.
  • Children learn about and develop respect for their natural environment.
  • Every child can take part in and be successful in Forest School, regardless of ability or need.
  • Allows children to learn at their own level and in their own style.
  • Builds on children's innate motivation, curiosity and autonomy.
  • Allows children to take and manage risks in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Encourages children in a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • Encourages and inspires children through positive outdoor experiences.

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What happens in a Forest School lesson?

To start with all the children get changed into outdoor clothes. When they go into the woods they have  a boundary "blue rope" which they are not allowed to cross. At first children are allowed to explore and see if they can spot anything new, interesting or anything that has changed since their last visit. There will then be activities and finally a time for snack and reflection on the session.

Forest School clothes

It is important that each child brings their own Forest School kit to school. Clothes should be warm and suitable for outdoor play. A waterproof coat is absolutely neccessary as we go out in all weathers (except strong winds for safety reasons). Wellies, boots or old trainers are important too. If there is any difficulty providing your child with Forest School clothes please contact Mrs Ashcroft before the day the session will take place.

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