Forest school

October 10, 2016

Monitoring emotional wellbeing – The Forest School observation scheme will be followed in order to monitor individual and group needs and progression.

Group size – For small groups up to 16 children based on school grounds or at our site at Shaken Oak Farm (near Hailey, Oxfordshire).

Timings – Minimum 2 hour sessions starting in the morning or afternoon, however other programme timings can be explored to fit into the school timetable.

Duration – Taster sessions, 4/ 6/ 12 week, or long term/ ongoing.

This accredited programme of woodland activities is growing in popularity. The benefits of the whole child approach and holistic learning are becoming more widely recognised to help develop emotional intelligence, resilience and well being. The programme particularly enhances social skills, self-regulation, self-awareness, self-motivation, and empathy.

We can offer these sessions at our own Forest School site or at a school’s own Forest School area. These of activities include camp fire cooking, woodland skills, fire lighting, shelter building, using tools, crafts, music, arts, story telling, ecology, wildlife, foraging, games and self guided play.

 

What they’re saying…

forest-school-in-our-element“In Our Element was engaged by us to deliver Forest Schools to a number of students from ages 11 to 17. These students had complex SEMH and ASD. Their staff occupied the students with engaging and varied activities for up to a full day. The students were able to gain accreditation for their work. The leader was able to see their interest and develop their skills in a positive way. I would not hesitate to recommend In Our Element for the rewarding activity that is ‘ Forest Schools’.”

-Sean Cannon, Principal at Parklands Campus, Action for Children.