Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in an outdoor environment. Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children can work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of their natural world.
The Forest School concept originates in Denmark, originally aimed at pre-school children, where it was found that children who had attended forest school then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills, having the ability to work in groups effectively, generally had high self-esteem and a confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped them to raise their academic achievements.
Here at Chopwell we are lucky enough to have an amazing forest school and outdoor learning zone right here in the school grounds - we use our forest school to bring learning to life outside of the classroom.