Forest Schools

Experience the benefits of this recognised pedagogy. OASES staff are all Level 3 Forest Schools Leaders with a wealth of Forest Schools experience.

The Forest School programme delivers elements of the National Curriculum in an outdoor ‘classroom’ where children are able to use all of their senses to explore and challenge their understanding.  Trained Forest School Leaders from OASES can deliver sessions in school grounds and other settings, with observation and support being provided by staff from the school.  All Forest School Leaders have been DBS checked and are qualified in Outdoor and Paediatric First Aid.

Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s, where young people were taken into woodlands to learn about the environment in a ‘natural classroom’.  Since 1995 when Bridgewater College introduced the concept in the UK Forest Schools has become increasingly popular as the educational potential of the ethos has been realised.  

Trained Forest Schools Leaders will work with individual teachers/staff teams prior to their Forest School experience to decide which National Curriculum topic should be the ‘theme’ of the sessions.  The activities that are completed will use the natural resources that exist within the woodland but they will all relate to the National Curriculum topic.  The beauty of Forest Schools is not just in its ability to teach the National Curriculum in an alternative manner, but in the impact it has upon a child’s wellbeing and ability to concentrate.  Forest Schools provide a learning experience that is not inhibited by walls, where children can be physical, can talk, can explore and can learn through their senses, in nature, and in collaboration with each other.  The potential activities are too numerous to mention but in recent Forest Schools the children have built shelters, created charcoal masterpieces, found dragons, mixed materials, explored, cooked marshmallows and investigated invertebrates.

Forest Schools are delivered with a focus on ‘Care’... care for oneself, care for others and care for the environment.  By the end of the Forest School the children will feel more comfortable within a woodland setting and will be safer as a result.

Just to let you know we had a fabulous afternoon. Thank you so much for all your efforts and support - it was totally worth it! The kids and parents had great fun and I've got to say I've had the best Monday I can remember in a very long time.  - Catchgate Primary School

If you are interested in embedding the practices and principles of Forest Schools across your whole school please contact OASES about FOREST SCHOOLS +



Outdoor and Sustainability Education Service
The EWE Centre,
Esh Winning Primary School
The Wynds, Esh Winning,
Durham, DH7 9BE

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