Our Forest School Coordinator is Christie Burke who has completed the L3 Forest School Leader qualification, enabling Christie to set up and run a Forest School Programme.
Forest School is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
There are 6 key principles to Forest School which ensure this approach is shared and used appropriately.
- It is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review.
- It takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- It uses a range of learner-centred 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 the opportunity 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.
At the Richard Barnes Academy, Forest School currently takes place at Key Stage 1 - Key Stage 3.