A beautiful full-colour book by Forest School expert and teacher Sara Knight that inspires and encourages individuals of all ages to take an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning. The images throughout the book bring alive Forest School activities and each chapter is accompanied by creative ideas for practice and in depth case studies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland exploring the amazing variety of nature provision. Coverage includes: • Rural and urban day nurseries for very young children • State and independent provision for Early Years and Primary Schools • Secondary School intervention strategies for students with special education needs and disabilities • How to support parents and families with Forest School • Supporting people with mental health issues. Suggestions for further reading at the end of chapters will be a helpful guide for students to read around the topic. Whether you’re training to become a teacher, or already working in the outdoor classroom, this book demonstrates how Forest School approaches are enriching learning opportunities for children, young people and adults, and deepening their connections with the natural world, with spectacular results.
Forest School has been delivered in the UK for over twenty years, spreading inexorably since the mid-1990s. The history of the movement is recorded variously elsewhere, and is most readily accessible on the website of the Forest School Association (Cree & McCree, 2014). Over that time, not only has its delivery coverage spread but its influence has spread even further. By 2015, the Forest School Association (FSA) had over 1200 members, and it was estimated by then that over 1200 people had completed Forest School leadership training at Level 3. In this book, I argue that Forest School exemplifies ways of being in and with nature that are essential for the health of the individual, society and the planet. I will also argue that ...