FOREST SCHOOL

Encourage, Motivate,

Engage & Inspire

Through positive outdoor experiences and hands-on activities

At Forest Club, children explore and learn how to utilise the elements the woodland gives us.

 

It's a safe environment to make things, lead games, handle tools and learn new skills. From sensory play for toddlers to problem solving at an older age, the forest gives many opportunities for cognitive development and more...

THE EARLY YEARS

For young children, toddlers and even babies, they are given a safe space to make connections in the world around them. Sensory exploration is a huge part of early year education and they are given different textures to indulge in. All of the materials are natural and specifically collected with attention to size, weight and resilience. Simple tools are provided to develop mark making skills, colours are made from fruit and vegetable, treasure boxes are full of objects to encourage problem solving and schemas. 

It seems ever more important to have a positive connection with nature

Eliminating plastic from play will lead to a greener world and a greener generation who are not completely reliant on technology. Forest Education changes perceptions about the environment as a necessity and thus the need to protect it. 

Children have a supportive space away from their daily pressures. To breathe clean air, get their hands messy and engage their creativity.

They develop communication skills by sharing ideas, sharing goals and working together to achieve them. They share a journey as they learn to keep themselves and others safe. Their self-esteem blossoms as they learn to independently handle tools and source their own raw materials. Children develop identity when we believe they are competent and give them the space to flourish.

 During my own education and working in school settings in the uk, I was lucky to be trained as a level 3 Forest School leader. This perfectly supported my BA degree in Education as I studied childhood philosophers who have shaped how we value education today. I am inspired by the Danish Forest School approach and love incorporating this method into my own work with children. I have travelled and cared for children from all around the world. Now I am residing in Tignes all year round, I have discovered how beautifully the forest here transforms. I believe this is the perfect place for a forest education setting.

-Catissa x

THE GROWING CHILD

As children learn to read and write we can begin to look at recipes for adventure. As their imagination develops we can bring trees and dens to life. We can construct characters and toys from sticks and stones, mud and sand which leads to story telling. We find obstacles in a journey. We find fun in the four elements. We learn to express our own ideas, listen to the ideas of others and gather knowledge to find answers.

Teenagers

An adolecent child develops responsibility in the woods by keeping themselves, their peers and the environment safe from harm. They learn the specific skills for doing so and for creating specialised art and structures. Tools are used in a traditional woodland manner. Groups work together to build dynamic structures such as tree houses or obstacle courses.

LEARN & INTERACT WITH THE 4 ELEMENTS

EARTH

Nature Stories

Stick People

Stick Vehicles

Dens

Magic Doors

Elder Jewellery 

Clay Pots

Clay Jewellery 

Day Beasts

Wooden Aeroplanes

Wooden Daggers

Journey Sticks 

Picture Frames 

Mud Kitchen

FIRE

Creating a Fire Area

Collecting Materials for Fires

Fire Safety

Paper and Matches

Fire Strikers

Making Tea & Hot Chocolate

Making Soup

Making Tortillas & Bread Buns

Naturally Dying Materials- Hats & Bags

Charcoal Pencils

Natural Sparklers

AIR

Mobiles

Leaf Bandanas

Fish Kites

Rope Swings

Rope Pulley Transporters

Catapults

3D Wind & Fire Sculptures

Poems

Willow Fish

Hammocks

Bubble Creations

WATER

Water

Pipe Transporters

Waterproof Dens

Mud Pies

Magic Potions

Felt Making

Boats

Rope Bridge

Plaster Shapes

Pewter Scultptures

Barefoot Texture Trail

Volcanoes

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