Forest School continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and internationally. Literature and research in the field tend to document this growth, while this book takes a novel approach to the Forest school conversation, taking a critical look at the various tensions and difficulties that surround Forest School practice. The editors, together with chapter authors drawn from the fields of academia and practice, form an experienced voice, encouraging the reader to reflect upon, question and explore complex areas of Forest School practice.

The Impact of Fire at Forest School

The Impact of Fire at Forest School

The Impact of Fire at Forest School
Kelly Francis Horrocks

Chapter Aims

In this chapter I aim to:

  • Explore the ways in which fire speaks to and appeals to us all
  • Suggest ways in which fire can be best facilitated in our Forest School sessions
  • Assess ways in which we can proactively manage and work towards sustainable Forest School practice


fire, sustainability, deadwood, Maslow

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (W.B. Yeats)

Back to Basics

Fire speaks to us. This I take as a given. It has an almost universal power to draw us in, to gather and sit around it, to captivate us. Most people can recall an experience of staring into the ...

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