Crossacres Forest School
The Forest School approach to learning puts the child at the very centre. Each child is responsible for their own learning and decision-making; they decide what they are comfortable with, the risks they want to take, how to solve problems and to cooperate with others. They learn about their own strengths and weaknesses and are in control of what they choose to learn and how.
During the forest school sessions, children are led and closely supervised by members of staff who are forest school / first-aid trained. The children take part in a variety of team-building and individual tasks, using problem solving skills and being able to observe the natural world around them. Children learn a variety of skills: building dens, learning how to build a fire, learning how to cook food on a campfire, using tools to create pieces of natural art and learning about plants and habitats in the area.