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Forest School

The Forest School concept originated in Denmark.  Originally aimed at pre-school children, it was found that those children who attended Forest School then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills, had the ability to work in groups effectively, demonstrated higher self-esteem and a natural confidence in their own abilities.  These foundations helped them to raise their academic achievements.  The concept then evolved and expanded to include older children, disaffected children, and those with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Traditional Forest School

Fire Skills and Campfire Cooking

Free Play and Exploration

Tool Work and Bush-craft

Den Building and Knots

Forestry Skills


Identification of trees, flora and fauna

Woodland Management

Creation of various habitats (e.g. deadwood, wildlife and bug hotel)

Arts and Crafts

Woodland arts & crafts

Rural crafts

Creative writing

Woodland sounds and music


Raft building and Kayaking

River & pond swimming

River treks and dam building

Water life


Pony riding (including woodland and farm treks)

Small mammals


Animal husbandry

Adventure and Survival

Adventure playground

Orienteering and tracking

Expeditions and survival skills


Climbing & Abseiling


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