“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”
– Sir David Attenborough
At our Forest School, children are given the opportunity to learn through practical activities in a na tural setting. We believe strongly in the power of nature to not only provide endless learning opportunities, but also provide a nurturing environment to support every child’s social and emotional development.
When you join a Forest School lesson at Coopers Lane, you will see children using nature to inspire their learning and spark fascination. You will see the woodland environment giving the children a sense of freedom and the opportunity to follow their own interests and curiosities, developing independent and life-long learners. The freedom of the outside environment invites us to take risk and understand the importance of not giving up. Using natural resources, we are encouraged to solve problems and work as a team, through activities such as den building, tree climbing and woodwork. We are able to investigate and enquire about the natural surroundings by observing nature, making links and recognising patterns. We are encouraged to take on responsibility for maintaining and caring for the forest school site, giving us ownership and developing our connection to nature.
At Forest School we understand being outside is fundamental for children’s mental and physical wellbeing. Our ethos is for learners to develop a respect for their natural environment whilst enhancing their own self-esteem, confidence and social skills. We are encouraged to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world in order for us to become responsible global citizens.