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 10: Forest School as Part of Special and Inclusive Education
A multisensory approach has always been a key to facilitating learning in educational provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities in the UK. People who work in specialist schools tend to be willing to explore every opportunity to help their pupils to access learning, so readers should not be surprised at how many of these schools have embraced a multisensory approach like Forest School as one of their pedagogical tools. In evaluating ways to enable children with physical disabilities to access Forest School, Hopkins (2011) encourages teachers to be more creative in their attitudes to access and inclusion, and to increase their understanding of the ...