This short course explores outdoor learning in a local woodland or natural environment with trees. Learn about the benefits of outdoor learning, principles of Forest School, hazards in the outdoor environment, activities that work well in a woodland setting, and woodland flora and fauna.
You will learn about the history of Forest School, the ethos, principles, and good practice
You will learn about some of the important benefits of Forest School, and outdoor learning in general
You will be aware of the risks and hazards involved in planning and delivering outdoor learning sessions in the natural environment
You will reflect on how outdoor sessions in natural environments could support child development
Advantages of this course
Being at one with nature has been shown to protect the psychological wellbeing of children. This course considers this, and additional benefits of outdoor learning, on the healthy development of children.
This course asks you to think about the importance of reasonable risk-taking for children, and the conflict that can sometimes arise between the curiosity of children and the protective instinct of adults. This course contains reading text on risks and hazards to be mindful of when planning and delivering outdoor learning sessions.
If you are keen to deliver an outdoor activity in a woodland yourself, there is a recommended kit list and presentation on ‘understanding woodlands’ that will help. Please be aware, only qualified Forest School Leaders can deliver Forest School sessions. This course does not qualify you for working as a Forest School Leader.
Additional activities about the woodland environment, ecological impact, and fauna and flora, encourage you to reflect on your learning
There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information, book suggestions, and links to websites to expand knowledge
Laser Systems Ltd. Academy House, 3 Langley Quay, Langley, Berkshire, SL3 6EY 01753 584 112