The Forest School process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually.

The Forest School Association

Not all classrooms have 4 walls

The Forest School Association describes Forest School as 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.

The Forest School Key Principles

Quality Forest School is delivery which holds to all six key principles that shape and govern the Forest School ethos. There are many forms of outdoor education and all have enormous value, however, Forest School is unique in its reach, delivery and effect. These six principles are:

The Forest School Key Principles

Quality Forest School is delivery which holds to all six key principles that shape and govern the Forest School ethos. There are many forms of outdoor education and all have enormous value, however, Forest School is unique in its reach, delivery and effect. These six principles are:

Regular Sessions

A long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

Forest School at Fradley Park
At Fradley Park, qualified Forest School practioners plan and deliver learning for each class group. Nursery and reception children will have daily experiences in the forest area, with KS1 and 2 having sessions throughout each term. Skills will be built on through hands on activities, opportunity for children to observe and reflect.

Natural Environment

Takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

Fradley Park Forest School
We are delighted to have a rich natural environment around Fradley Park which allows our children to learn about, development respect for and champion the importance of the natural world both for wildlife and humans.

Holistic Development

Aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Our curriculum is planned to ensure the following skills and behaviours are taught explicitly, fostered sympathetically and celebrated as the norm in our children:

• Self-Awareness
• Self-Regulation
• Intrinsic motivation
• Empathy
• Good social communication skills
• Independence
• A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
• Ability to take risks and experience challenge
• Ability to explore and discover and experience success
• A strong, positive relationship with the natural world

Supported Risk

Offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Forest School Staffordshire

Taking measured and safe risks in our forest area is a large part of developing resilience, and confidence. This in turn has huge benefits in the classroom where children are comfortable to take learning risks, challenge themselves and respond well to feedback and challenge. Being able to reflect on success and failures are important life skills we develop age appropriately in all our children.

Qualified Practitioners

Run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Staff who lead our Forest School are qualified and experienced.

Forest School Leaders

Learner Centred

Uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.

Learner Centred Approach

A learner centred approach views learners as active agents; our children bring their own knowledge, past experiences, education and ideas- and this impacts how they take on new information and learn. The  curriculum is planned to allow children to make choices about what and how they learn thus empowering them and leading to embedded learning.