Forest School

Why do we provide Forest School at Dene House Primary School?


1. Confidence
Forest School helps children to grow in confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they are given in their learning. This allows them to demonstrate independence at each individual child’s rate. As the children become more confident, they show that they are more willing to take a risk.  Rights Respecting (RR) Article 8

2. Social skills
Activities such as sharing tools, participating in play and team challenges help teach the children to work together interdependently or as a group, which strengthens their bonds and social ties.   RR Article 15 and 31

3. Communication
The sensory experiences provided by Forest School helps children develop their language. Improving communication skills has a positive effect on a child’s self-esteem and is a crucial part of their development.  RR Article 12 and 13

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4. Motivation and concentration
High levels of interest lead to high levels of attention. Spending time in the woodland is exciting for a child. It tends to fascinate them which develops a strong will to participate and concentrate over long periods of time.  RR Article 28

5. Physical skills
An increase in outdoor activity has a positive physical impact. Not only does the development of physical stamina improve but also gross and fine motor skills.   RR Article 24

6. Knowledge and understanding
Children develop an interest in the great outdoors and respect for the environment. Encouraging children to develop a relationship with the natural world will help in protecting the environment for generations to come. RR Article 29

7. New perspectives
Forest School isn’t just beneficial to children it is also beneficial to teachers. Observing their class in a different setting allows them to gain a new perspective and understanding of their class. RR Article 28

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8. Ripple effects
When children really engage with Forest Schools they will take their experiences home to share with friends and family. We hope this will encourage families to visit their local woodlands more frequently. RR Article 9 and 31

9. Opportunity to achieve
Taking children outside removes the pressures of classroom learning and allows them to play to their strengths. This is beneficial to children who struggle in the classroom because there is more of an opportunity for them to learn at their own pace. RR Article 29

10. Enjoyable for the children
Forest School is fun! It is educational whilst also allowing children to play, explore and discover. Children who participate in Forest Schools are generally observed to be happier.   RR Article 31