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Involving learners in woodland management

What could the benefits to having regular access to nature be? Frequent opportunities for playing in the natural environment will help to promote a sense of ownership and responsibility, as well as an increased appreciation for nature and respect for its delicate equilibrium. Regular access to nature can help people to contemplate their own position…
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Knowing your flora and fauna

By understanding the natural space that a Forest School may occur in and the flora and fauna within, we can become more familiar with changes that occur seasonally as well as those that may be on a smaller scale. Recognising these changes helps to develop a deep understanding of nature, how its different parts are…
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Helping to develop confident, resilient, independent and creative learners

Resilience comes from experiencing overcoming problems. This in turn promotes a sense of confidence in someone’s own ability and capability, creating a sense of ease and a feeling of ownership and empowerment. Experiences that are derived from encountering (managed) ‘risk’ can be some of the best experiences to produce a resilient, confident and independent learner.…
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Learning Theories and Forest School

Schema The Schema theory of development describes how different children can have different observable patterns in their play and in their learning. It is a theory of cognitive development that is influenced the constructivist idea of experiential learning. Chris Athey developed the contemporary theory in the 1980s and reflected Jean Piaget’s ideas, specifically the notion…
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Summary of the Forest School approach to learning

The ethos of the Forest School approach to learning is based on placing the learner (in this case the child) at the centre of the learning experience; everything is focused towards the learner and her development with the adult(s) acting as facilitator, rather than as a teacher. A Forest School approach is one that considers…
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