What is Forest School?
The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire young people through positive experiences and participation in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment.
Through Forest School activities, we aim to:
Offer all students opportunities to enjoy learning, make progress and achieve;
Support cross-curricular links;
Develop independence, skills and self-esteem and confidence to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and to appreciate risks and respect boundaries;
Help students to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and the environment;
Develop functional skills, personal, learning and thinking skills;
Promote learning through action, sensation, observation and communication.
Forest School at Baskerville
All students at Key Stage 3 take part in Forest School activities. It is then offered at Key Stage 4 through the ASDAN Personal Progress accreditation. It has now been rolled out to the residential units so that students can have much greater access.
At Baskerville School, we are very lucky to have our own woodland which encompasses a nature trail, pond, bog garden, organic orchard and wild meadow.
The aim of Forest School is to utilize our natural resources and traditional skills to promote students' perception of their explicit learning as fun, challenging and exciting. It promotes the understanding and the practice of basic survival and bush craft skills and encourages participation in responsible and social interaction activities. It engenders a belief in the importance of our delicate ecosystem and our responsibility to look after our environment.
On an implicit level, students are encouraged to enjoy the sensory experience of quiet and physical freedom and to see their worth and abilities in tasks where they can achieve positive results so that they are valued for their unique contribution.
"The great thing about Forest School is how it promotes teamwork. Students are encouraged to be active and interactive. Because it is so practical it keeps their attention - they love it and are willing to join in and participate. In a completely different setting away from the classroom, it lets students experience a different style of learning - it gives students a vital 'let out' - a chance to let off steam and talk about their feelings and make sense of things." - Michael and Rachel (Teaching Assistants)