The Forest School concept originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s. A child-centred, holistic approach originally aimed at pre-school children, it was found that children who had attended forest school then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills; with the ability to work in groups effectively; and generally possessing high self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped them to raise their academic achievements later in life. In a world of mobile phones, I-Pads, computer games and health & safety, children spend less and less time playing outside and these types of opportunity have become more and more important.
We incorporate the principles of Forest School in our Learning Outside the Classroom (LOC) curriculum. Click on the link to read our Newton Tony LOC Handbook and Policy