What is a Forest School?

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It has been a month since I completed the initial week of my Forest School Level 3 course. I’ve had some time to let it all sink in and to reflect on what I learned. Well, that and move house!

A lot of people I speak to generally think that Forest School is another term for ‘outdoor education’. Yes it does fall under that giant umbrella, but it’s also a specific approach to learning. So, what exactly is a Forest School?

Forest School is an ethos based on the process of learning rather than the outcomes. The Forest School approach to learning and play is a long-term process that gives learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop, usually within a woodland or outdoor setting. Both children and adults need the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings, and time to learn at their own pace. Forest Schools give learners chance…

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High School Science and Mathematics Teacher, Author and Blogger. Graduated from Bangor University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Molecular Biology and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. Richard also holds the coveted Certificate in Mathematics from the Open University (UK).

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