At Forest School children play and learn in woodland areas on a regular and sustained basis. Challenging and enjoyable experiences across all areas of learning and development can be provided for each child in this natural learning environment. Learning is achieved through playing and exploring, as well as the teaching of skills and knowledge, with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.
Sessions can be linked to learning in the classroom and the approach is used to meet the requirements of both the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum.
Forest Schools is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland environment or natural environment with trees.
There is much research evidence indicating that experience with the natural world is of benefit to children, young people and adults in terms of health and well-being and that childhood experiences of nature affect behaviour and attitude towards the environment as adults.
Evaluations of the impact of Forest School on children have highlighted improved confidence, social skills, communication, motivation and concentration, physical skills, knowledge, understanding and respect for the natural environment.
(A Marvellous Opportunity for Children to Learn: a participatory evaluation of Forest School in England and Wales)
North Yorkshire Forest School Training is an approved training provider of NOCN Forest School courses and a member of the national Forest School Training Network GB, established for 7 years supplying high quality courses throughout Yorkshire and the North East.
Teaching is delivered by enthusiastic and supportive tutors who are qualified teachers and Forest School Leaders, and importantly, experienced in the integration of Forest School and the curriculum.
Use of first class training venues well suited for classroom and woodland based training sessions at different locations in the region.
"The learners have produced excellent portfolios of evidence indicating the amount of high quality teaching and learning that has taken place." Open College Network Quality Reviewer
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