At Jubilee, we are passionate about giving children the very best experiences both inside and out. The outdoor environment is a positively powerful place where children can develop confidence and resilience. We currently have two trained teachers in Forest School to Level 3, and will be training a further three teachers to Level 3 over the course of this year. Children in Nursery and Reception enjoy weekly Forest school sessions for half a day, with a plan to extend this to Year 1 in the Spring term. We welcome parent volunteers to come in to support the children for Forest School sessions.
What is Forest School?
Forest School is a long-term holistic learning process that aims to raise self-awareness and self-esteem in children and adults. Regular sessions take place in a woodland environment, where the landscape itself adds to the experience of the learning.
Qualified practitioners, trained in child development, self-esteem and learning theories facilitate sessions to gain personal outcomes for each child. Forest School can be applied to all age groups and abilities and can be linked to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage.
Forest School England Principles
- Forest School is for all children and young people
- Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves
- Forest school is organised and run by qualified Forest School leaders
- Forest School maximises the learning potential of woodland through frequent and regular experiences throughout the year, not a one-off visit
- Forest School helps children to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment
Jubilee Primary School’s Forest School Vision
Jubilee Primary School’s values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship directly mirror the principles of Forest School. Through engaging with nature and wildlife, children gain more knowledge and respect for their immediate environment and how we affect the wider environment in general. Small, achievable tasks and allowing children time to follow their own interests enables all learners to achieve, which will in turn increase self-esteem and confidence. This confidence translates into all areas of learning. Working in the outdoor environment gives children time to work collaboratively, learn to solve problems and take risks. The experience of regular Forest School sessions helps to build resilient, inquisitive and imaginative learners.