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Forest Schools

Outwood Primary School is proud to have a forest schools site on its grounds. 

Trained practitioners nurture learner-led exploration and discovery, creating meaningful experiences for positive lifelong impacts. Wellbeing is the foundation of forest school practice and through recognising the social, emotional and physical needs of participants practitioners can provide the guidance and facilitation for the children's time in nature.

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, "riluftsliv", or free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then.

We believe our sessions helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps our children develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for children to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how the chilldren fit within it. A strong understanding of the importance of nature is an attribute that children can carry forward into adult life to protect the planet we live in.


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