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 6: Ireland
Only Northern Ireland is a part of the UK. The Republic of Ireland is a different independent country. However, as there are links between the Forest School community in the Republic of Ireland and in the UK, I am going to mention the developments there at the end of this chapter. But I will start with Northern Ireland and an overview of the curriculum as it relates to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. I will then consider what Forest School could offer this age group in Northern Ireland in particular.
In Northern Ireland, children start school in September, at the beginning of the academic year, if they have reached the age of 4 by the previous 1 July, and so ...