The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland setting.
Forest School uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children and young adults. Topics are cross-curriculum, broad in subject, and include the natural environment. Examples include:
- The role of trees in society
- The complex ecosystem supported by a wilderness
- Recognition of specific plants and animals
This is in addition to valuable personal skills, such as teamwork and problem solving.
At Clifton College, we have a large site at Beggar’s Bush which incorporates a large forest area and a meadow area where the children can work, plan, investigate and learn.
Rules of Forest School
We have special rules at Forest School to keep us safe:
- We listen to all the grown-ups, especially our Forest School Leader
- We stay within the boundary rope line
- We move carefully in the forest using our feet, eyes and ears to watch, feel and hear where we are going
- We do not throw or swing objects around in the forest
- We are always careful with sticks. If we pick them up, we drag them carefully behind us
- We look after things. We never pick growing plants
- We always show things we have found to the grown-ups
- We wash and wipe our hands before eating and never put our hands in our mouth
- We never eat anything from the forest
- We put things back carefully in the forest before we leave.