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Hindhayes Infant School


What is Forest School?

Forest School is an innovative approach to education based on outdoor play which aims to enrich children’s learning through motivation, risk taking and team work. We aim to encourage personal skills such as communication, as well as develop physical and emotional wellbeing. The purpose of Forest School is for the students to gain an understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the Forest School ethos, namely, development of self esteem, confidence and social skills.

Through carefully planned activities, children take part in Forest School work throughout the year enabling them to excel in all areas of their personal, academic and spiritual development. The philosophy which underpins the Forest School movement is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age, and any group, through mastery of small, achievable tasks in a woodland environment, to grow in confidence and independence so that they are able to develop a sense of self- worth. Students will acquire new skills when they are ready to use them so that activities can maintain a degree of challenge and excitement, whilst remaining safe and controlled.