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To deliver a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth. To develop confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Forest School 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 or natural environment with trees.
“Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.” Forest School Association
Children at Goldsmith Primary Academy work hard every day in their classroom but we promote working outside it too. One of the additional learning opportunities takes place during their Forest School Sessions. We not only want to build up our children’s understanding of education but also develop their interests for the natural world around them.
Learning outside is a great way of building the children up in all areas of themselves: from social interactions to wellbeing and self-esteem and allowing them to display their creativity; enthused by the connection with nature. The children dictate, through their own interests, how the sessions flow. This may start with den building and end with finding a variety of mini-beasts within our forest.
We strongly believe that the confidence the children gain encourages positive behaviour, which is carried back to their indoor classroom learning.
The risk-benefit allows the children to step out of their comfort zone and try something they are unsure of in a safe and controlled manner, such as tool work or fire lighting. The findings they make about themselves develop their character as well as their learner skills.
Assessment for Learning is used as well as observations to adapt sessions during the child-led activities.