Boddington CE Primary Academy has been running Forest School programmes for several years.
‘Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a natural environment with trees.’ ‘It is a specialised approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning.’
We aim to provide children with an appreciation of nature as well as encouraging an attitude towards nature that should encourage responsibility for conservation as children mature.
There is an increasing body of research identifying the positive benefits of Forest School on children and their learning, both in and out of the classroom. That research says that children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.
We know from parental feedback that our Forest School engages and excites children and we have found it to be particular helpful in integrating children into school, with pre-school children joining the sessions from Easter.
The key features of our Forest School include: