Forest school aims to inspire and encourage individuals and families to develop their personal, social and emotional skills through participation in tasks and activities which are motivating, aspirational but achievable.
These skills include:
- Consideration, respect and responsibility for themselves, others and their environment
- Communication skills
- Increased self- esteem
Our ambition is that every child should:
- Feel safe, confident, valued and happy.
- Be appropriately nurtured to enjoy and take full advantage of all opportunities available in a broad, balanced and interesting curriculum.
- Be respected, listened to and heard.
- Benefit from productive partnerships between children, families, staff, governors and inter-agency teams.
- Know how to keep safe and healthy.
- Acquire knowledge, skills and experience and be able to contribute positively whilst achieving high personal standards.
- Value and celebrate diversity.
- Have the best start possible!
Being a child is valued in itself. Each child needs to be valued as a unique individual.
Children contribute to society and add value by being children.
All experiences are a valid part of a child’s life.
Today for a child is important – it will never come again.
The whole child is considered to be important – social, emotional, physical, moral, intellectual and interrelated.
What children can do, not what they can’t do is the starting point in their education.
A child’s individually needs to be recognised and valued. (Brock 2003)
'Their minds and their futures are entrusted in our hands for a few brief years of children. We must do all in our power to serve them well.'
Pugh, G Issues in the Early Years (1996:pg.117) Published London: Paul Chapman