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.



This chapter looks at the development of Forest School in Scotland and in particular how it is being used with 3–5-year-olds. It will start by describing the central role played by the Forestry Commission in Scotland in supporting the introduction of Forest School, as, indeed, it has done across the whole of Great Britain. It will also consider the relationship between the Curriculum for Excellence (Education Scotland 2010) and Forest School, and what the implications are for the future. In particular, it will reflect on the possible impact that the requirements of the General Teaching Council for Scotland for evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) could have on training for the delivery of Forest School. The case studies will be of two of ...

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