Forest Schools

Forest schools are a type of early childhood education that takes place in forests or natural environments.  The curriculum is fluid, learner-led, and play-based, focusing on curiosity, exploration, discovery and wellbeing.  Forest schools originated in Denmark and have spread across the western world as a model for progressive education.  Forest schools are delivered through regular sessions over a term.  Forest schools can benefit children of different ages, from pre-schools to teenagers, by nurturing their relationship with nature and developing their skills and confidence.
At Rusper Primary School we have a fully-qualified Forest School leader who joins us once a week to teach the children new skills including being taught to take risks with the instructors support.  For example, pupils may explore climbing trees, using metal tools, and lighting a fire.  Leaders help pupils assess risks and benefits so their decisions are always informed.  Risk-taking builds resilience and self-esteem in young people that will improve their judgment as they grow.