Leigh St Mary's Church of England Primary School

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6 Forest School Principles

1. Successful Forest Schools require frequent and regular sessions over a long term.  This is to enable a child to have quality time to adjust and begin developing new skills and relationships. 


2. The woodland environment in which the Forest School is set needs to be maintained and risk managed.  The Forest School will use the natural resources to create a safe and fun learning environment.


3. Holistic development is fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.


4. Forest School needs to provide opportunities for the children to take risks appropriate.


5. Practitioners need up to date qualifications and to maintain their professional development.  They are required to have all their safety qualifications including Fire and Tool Safety and First Aid.


6. Forest School uses a learner-centred process using planning, adapting, observing and reviewing.  These are all integral elements of Forest School as it is a child-led learning environment