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1 Heather Brown R.G.N, BSc(Hons), PGCE Forest School Leader Heartwood Education Forest School Delivery to FEI National Standards

2 Forest Education Initiative Forest Education Initiative - providing teachers with learning resources on trees, forests and forestry products

3 Forest School- Where did it start? It is not a physical place it is a concept.

4 How long has it been happening in the United Kingdom?

5 Defining Forest School in the UK.

6 The use of a woodland setting all year round whenever possible. A high ratio of adults to children. Learning can be linked to the National Curriculum. The freedom to explore using multiple senses. Delivered to and adapted appropriately for all ages from pre school to post 16.

7 Strong focus on the following: Safety in the outdoor environment. Pupil led learning. Small achievable tasks and challenges. Emotional literacy. Process not outcome. Woodland management and vocational projects. Coping strategies for stressful situations.

8 What is Forest School? Pre- School

9 Discovering the force of gravity at an early age!

10 What is Forest School? Primary School?

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13 What is Forest School? Secondary School?

14 A marvellous opportunity for children to learn. Liz O’Brien and Richard Murray A participatory evaluation of forest School in England and Wales. Oct 2006

15 Research carried out in five forest schools across England and Wales. Case study based data collection. Propositions about the effect of participating in a forest school program.

16 Proposition Forest school increases the self esteem and self confidence of the individuals that take part.

17 Proposition Forest school increases an individuals ability to work co-operatively and increases their awareness of others.

18 Proposition Forest school counters lack of motivation and a negative attitude to learning.

19 Proposition Forest school encourages ownership and pride in the local environment.

20 Proposition Forest school encourages individuals to build a closer relationship with, and a better understanding of, the outdoors.

21 Could a Forest School approach encourage and enthuse our children and young people to improve their understanding of scientific principles, processes and practice?

22 Thank you


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