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.
Chapter 2: Urban Forest School
When is a wood not a wood? This chapter deals with Forest School in urban areas where woods may be in short supply. So, what are the solutions? A lady from Iceland once asked: ‘How can I do Forest School when our trees grow no higher than my knee?’ It is about taking advantage of what you have – in Australia, they often call what they do ‘Bush School’, as they have access to bush rather than woods. But for Forest School, trees are important, speaking to us as they do from our cultural and spiritual heritage. Forest School Principle 2 refers to sessions that take place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of ...