What is Forest School?

Stonesfield Primary School prides itself on our Forest School provision. Our Forest School leader, Sarah Walker, is supported by staff and volunteers and children in years 1-6 have regular sessions (weekly or fortnightly), either in our Forest School in the school grounds or in the local woods. Stonesfield Primary School is one of only two Forest School Association recognised providers in Oxfordshire. Forest School is an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in a natural environment and has multiple benefits. COVID-19 has had such a disruptive impact on our pupils’ lives and Forest School is so important for their metal health and emotional wellbeing. Research shows that regular Forest School participation has a positive impact on children’s confidence, communication and social skills. In addition, Forest School allows children to use their initiative, problem solve and work with others. These skills help develop empathy and respect for others, respect for the material and tools that are used. It allows young people to grow and develop at a pace that is right for them: there are no targets or timescales with Forest School. Small achievable tasks give a sense of achievement, not failure. And our children’s knowledge and understanding of the natural world never fails to amaze us adults.

 

Further Information

 

Forest School Gallery – Oct 18