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 11: Forest School as an Intervention Strategy in Mainstream Schools
Perhaps it is the way in which Forest School has developed from an initial early years focus at Bridgwater College to an intervention strategy for pupils with behavioural issues or learning difficulties. Or perhaps it is the nature of the secondary school curriculum, segmented into separate subjects, focused on exam success and with little space for natural holistic human development. For whatever reason, Forest School sessions for children attending secondary school tend to have a specific focus and a definite purpose. In this chapter, we will consider what these focuses may be, what the outcomes of Forest School sessions are perceived to be and how they are ...