THE FOREST SCHOOL - OUTDOOR ETHOS AT KSH

THE 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 a woodland environment. We aim to provide outdoor trips at least once a month for the older groups.

Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.

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We are the proud winners of the the Maternity & Infant Awards 2016 'Best Innovative Learning Initiative' for The Forest School at KSH. Read what the judges had to say about our Forest School.

THE FOREST SCHOOL CONCEPT originates in Denmark, originally aimed at preschool 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.

A FOREST SCHOOL ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO:
- develop personal and social skills
- work through practical problems and challenges
- use tools to create, build or manage
- discover how they learn best
- pursue knowledge that interests them
- learn how to manage failures
- build confidence in decision making and
evaluating risk
- develop practical skills
- understand the benefits of a balanced and
healthy lifestyle
- explore connections between humans, wildlife and
the earth
- regularly experience achievement and success
- reflect on learning and experiences
- develop their language and communication skills
- improve physical motor skills
- become more motivated
- improve their concentration skills