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© September 2019 by Wild Wood Bristol Forest School

What is Forest School

Forest Schools support children in the discovery of the woodland through regular, long-term experiences.  The benefits of Forest Schools are multitier; Child-led activities enable children to be creative and take risks, resolve problems, enhance communication skills thereby building children’s confidence and self-esteem.  All this as well as developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural environment that surrounds them.

Wild Wood Forest School

We believe that attending a Forest School should feel like going camping in the woods, except it is only for two hours and there is no tent to put up!  At Wild Wood Bristol Forest School sessions are wholly child centred, responding to the interests of the children that attend.  
Sequences of sessions help children gain a better understanding of the seasonal changing state of the woodland.  Examples of the activities that sessions may include:
  • Team building games 
  • Cooking on the fire
  • Creative Craft activties
  • Traditional tool use
  • Wood exploration  
 
We consider risk taking to be an important part of learning.  We therefore risk assess activities carefully, ensuring that children remain safe.  
 
We aim to create a supportive environment where children's self esteme and personal confidence grows while developing valuable skills that they will use throughout their lives.
Testimonial
Events & Workshops

Early Learning

 

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What is Forest School

Forest School supports children in the discovery of the woodland through regular, long-term experiences.  The benefits of Forest Schools are multitier; Child-led activities enable children to be creative and take risks, resolve problems and enhance communication skills, thereby building children’s confidence and self-esteem.  All this as well as developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural environment that surrounds them.
At Wild Wood Bristol Forest School we believe that attending a Forest School should feel a lot like camping in the woods, without the need to put up a tent!  Our fun-filled sessions are wholly child centred, responding to the interests of the children that attend. Sequences of sessions help children gain a better understanding of the seasonally changing state of the woodland.  Some examples of activities include:
  • Team building games                       
  • Cooking on the fire
  • Creative Craft activities
  • Traditional tool use
  • Wood exploration
  • Woodland preservation
We consider risk taking to be an important part of learning.  All activities are assessed on a risk/benefit basis, with suitable steps taken to ensure that children are challenged and supported but ultimately remain safe.
 
We aim to create a supportive environment where children's self esteem and personal confidence grows while developing valuable skills that they will use throughout their lives.
  • Tree climbing

  • Wild animal tracking

  • bug hunts

  • Pooh sticks

  • Dam building

  • Plant identification

Dressing for Forest School

There is no better time to experience the wonders of the outdoors than during the Winter months. The stark beauty of the trees laid bare of leaves and crisp Winter mornings provide children with truly memorable experiences.  However dressing for the elements is very important and there is no such thing as too many layers.  Here are a few suggestions: 
  • thick wellie socks (or multiple layers of socks)
  • wellies
  • long-johns or tights
  • trousers and waterproof over-trousers
  • vest and layered tops
  • fleece and waterproof coat
  • gloves and hat
Testimonial

“Jessica just said 'can't wait for Friday because then it'll be Forest School the next day!'  It is a great hit"

Sophie

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