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Forest School

'Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions.  It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking.  It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, friluftsliv, or free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then'. -

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At New Swannington, Forest School is enjoyed by all of our children and is located in our wooded area on our lovely school field.  Each Year Group class enjoy 2 x sessions per year, consisting of 6 weeks each.  The children enjoy outdoor sessions twice a week and also use the facilities of our Log Cabin which is in the school grounds.

Forest School is a firm favourite with all of our children, regardless of their key stage, as they get to enjoy a wide variety of activities from tree climbing, bug hunting, making fires, den building and much more. 

We have two very enthusiastic and highly qualified Forest School Practitioners who lead our Forest School.