Forest School

Forest School2020-03-03T08:21:08+00:00

Forest Schooling at BMS

Forest Schooling is an educational method which makes an idea compliment to the Montessori philosophy. Forest Schooling is a long-term process involving regular activities which support not only the child’s understanding of the natural world, but also foster a sense of community amongst those in the group. The children’s physical, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development is enhanced through a range of short and long-term learning opportunities related to the outdoors. These are practical activities which children can engage with on a number of levels.

Forest schooling begins in the school grounds, where the same group of children meet to work towards building sustainable, environmentally friendly attitudes towards the outdoor space. The children will plan, implement, nurture and care for plants which grow around us. We will experience first hand, not only the needs of the different plants and animals in our local environment, but also any risks that are associated with the jobs we need to do. The dedicated forest schooling time will give children the opportunity to immerse themselves in these activities. The fact that these plants are onsite, means that children can continue to care for these and enjoy the fruits of their labour, throughout the day.

Let the children be free; Encourage them; Let them run outside when it is raining; Let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; Let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its’ shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping

Maria Montessori

As children become more confident and develop a better understanding of the natural world, we will begin to make regular excursions to the local forest. These will be by public transport and encourage children to develop a whole new set of plans and risk evaluation. By allowing children to engage and develop their own connection with the natural world around them, we hope to inspire children to develop confidence, independence and a respect for their wider community. 

When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.

Maria Montessori

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