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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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