Chiltern Forest School is an active member of the Forest School Association and follow their guiding principles and codes of good practice to embrace the true ethos of Forest School.
- It is a long term process of regular sessions – in a plan, observe, adapt and review cycle.
- It takes place in woodland or natural environment with trees.
- It uses a range of learner-centered processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- It aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- It offers learners to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- It is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Chiltern Forest School are experienced at planning and delivering inspirational programmes based on the children’s particular needs and the settings desired outcomes. We have a thorough understanding of the national curriculum and ensure that our programmes and events link to it in a fun and adventurous way, whilst at the same time embracing the holistic approach of the true Forest School ethos.
We are experienced in working with children with special educational needs and challenging behaviour, many of whom benefit enormously from the natural setting and supportive approach that we offer. The Forest School approach is known to raise levels of motivation for learning, helps to develop concentration, speaking and listening skills as well as providing opportunities to improve social skills and self-esteem.
We welcome enquiries from schools and other organisations interested in providing Forest School.
Please contact us to arrange a personal meeting to discuss your requirements further.
After schools Clubs
We currently run after school clubs to enhance the extra-curricular provision within schools. If you would like to explore this possibility further with Chiltern Forest School, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
“This week saw the launch of our very first Chiltern Forest School opportunity. I think I can honestly say that there wasn’t a child who did not gain a huge amount from this wonderful experience. When I visited them I was greeted with children telling me they were climbing a tree for the first time, gleefully showing me their muddy hands, using proper tools such as loppers and saws (safely) and demonstrating the log see-saw they had just made. One little boy declared ‘we get to do this every week!’ I hope that we will be able to roll this out further next year so that more classes can benefit.”Head Teacher (Hawridge & Cholesbury C of E School)
“The children’s enthusiasm and commitment is almost overwhelming. The only difficulty has been getting the children to come in for lunch! We began our Forest School scrapbooks and have used the experiences as a Literacy prompt the following day. Some of the children had lots of fun building a den and looking for spiders! Others used magnifying glasses to see what they could find under logs and leaves.
The children can’t wait for their Forest School lesson next week!”
Denham Village Infant School