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Forest School : at woodlands.co.uk ~ by Karen

Forest School : at woodlands.co.uk

"Forest School" is a programme that developed in Sweden in the 1950’s.   It concentrates on delivering education in an outdoor environment. A study carried out concluded that children who experienced learning in an outdoor setting were more balanced, more socially developed, had deeper concentration levels and better coordination.

Today, outdoor learning has shown to increase attainment and attendance levels in students. It is also shown to increase self esteem, confidence and communication skills.

Below are some pictures of a recent camp and activities. It was a great experience for the boys, most of which had never been away from home before. The camp was part of their Asdan/Cope award. They learn a range of life skills as well as taking part in leisure activities and voluntary work. The qualification is equivalent to a GSCE, which is a major achievement for many of these students.

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which way up ?

Setting up camp

camp fire

Enjoying an evening around the camp fire

cooking on the fire

preparing a meal

 

any one for mash

Anyone for mash?

Enjoying the meal

Enjoying the meal

tyre-swing

A make shift swing......

 

March wood

Karen Little
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner & Coordinator for the Environment and Land Based Centre
The North School
Tel: 01233 614630

 

 

Posted in: Woodland Activities ~ On: 2 September, 2014

1 Comment so far

Andy Tate
29 September, 2014

Great to see Forest School gets a mention here on woodlands.co.uk.
More schools should take it up.

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