Forest Schools are a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests/woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as ‘an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.’
A forest school uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children.Topics include the natural environment, for example the role of trees in society, the complex ecosystem, recognition of specific plants and animals.
Personal skills such as teamwork and problem solving are also learnt. The woodland environment can also be used to learn about mathematics and communication.