Explore, create and play in the captivating depths of the Forest.
Inhale. Pine needles, soil, smoky logs on the fire.
Run your fingers across the ridges of tree bark as you climb to the sky.
Crunching twigs under your wellies, hiding under a canopy of leaves, catching a glimpse of a toad crawling past.
Welcome to Forest School. What will you discover?
Blackbird Forest School aims to connect people with wild places and awaken their curiosity. Children have a right to play, access the outdoors and experience the vibrancy of the natural world for themselves. Children can be inquisitive, following their interests and directing their own learning in a safe, engaging environment, facilitated by Blackbird Forest School staff. We open doors to the natural world and all it encompasses, providing a unique experience for each child – nurturing their specific needs and zest for learning.
Forest School is an extended experience, embracing all of the seasons and appreciating our environment. During each session children are given opportunities to learn more about the natural environment, other people and themselves. Children achieve lifelong learning skills by participating in small achievable tasks, developed over regular sessions.
Confidence, self-esteem and independence are encouraged through a hands-on approach and creative, engaging activities. Opportunities to socialise with peers and solve problems enable children to build resilience and experience a healthy range of emotions. In their own time, children can experiment, take risks, make decisions and explore the possibilities. Through our holistic approach, every child can play, reach their potential and experience positive wellbeing.
Every session is run by a Level 3 practitioner who is an experienced educator. All Level 3 practitioners hold enhanced DBS certificates, outdoor first aid, insurance and risk assessments.
At Blackbird Forest School we aim to:
- Visit natural sites such as forests, meadows, gardens, parks and outdoor classrooms.
- Provide on-going sessions to build relationships with the natural world and each other.
- Support engaged healthy and diverse communities.
- Promote the holistic development of children and young people.
- Facilitate the learning of children and young people with a knowledgeable educator.
- Respect children and young people as capable and competent learners.
- Value the process of learning as well as the outcome.
- Model standards of behaviour and respect for each other.