What is Forest School?
“An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.” Forest School Association
Forest School began in Scandinavia and arrived in the UK in 1993. It has grown from strength to strength, and is a long-term venture that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. Forest School develops children’s confidence and self-esteem through child-centred, hands-on experiences.
Our well-established Forest School at Bridgewater School promotes holistic development for all the children, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. Children participate in activities and games designed to build qualities as well as skills, through an understanding of their local natural environment. Playing and exploring at Forest School facilitates more than knowledge gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually.
Winter in the woods
As the temperatures drop it is so important to provide your child/ren with the correct clothing for Forest School. Unlike a family walk in the woods, at Forest School we don't move around all the time.
If your child insists on wearing shorts, skirts or dresses on their day for Forest School please bring in additional trousers or leggings to help them stay warm in the woods.
The best way to stay warm is to layer up. We will always give the children time to dress warmly for the woods so they can enjoy their time in the woods without worrying about being cold.
If you want to want to see the best way to stay warm, please click on this link
We work in five areas: woodcraft, shelter, fire, nature and rope. Every session has an activity that supports and extends children’s social development, self-awareness and self-regulation, as well as learning new skills.
We encourage physical and emotional development through outdoor play. The children learn how to assess and handle risks and most importantly, to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others.
We are very lucky to have our own school woodland - working outside in all weathers - together rain or shine!
We are proud holders of the Woodland Trust Platinum Award.
Mrs Marsh who leads Forest School, works with a very motivated and qualified team including Mrs Berry, Mrs Ria and Mrs Blackie, who are all qualified Forest School practitioners. The team continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
If you would like to volunteer to help at a Forest School session or have a woodland or bush craft skill you would like to share with some of the children please email Mrs Marsh for more information.
We work outside in all weathers and across seasons. We routinely use a fire to make a hot drink and enjoy cooking. These boys are making a leaf pile to jump in, we made snow angels and make the most of all the seasons.