A forest school group will spend time in Dean Wood here at Swallowtail Hill on a regular basis – typically ten visits over ten weeks. During that time they will experience a range of woodland activities all of which bring learning to life and improve their ability to work co-operatively while offering the opportunity to take risks and make choices. The forest school programme is learner led – a journey of discovery through small achievable tasks which help to improve self-esteem, confidence and communication skills.
The fire circle is central to all Forest School sessions – it is the focal point for discussing the day’s activities and a place for socialising. Activities are always hands-on and will often require the use of tools such as bow saws and fixed blade knives.
The sessions help engender a desire for learning which can then be transferred back to the classroom. Forest School is particularly beneficial for children who learn by ‘doing’ and for those lacking in confidence or with challenging behaviour.
Sarah and Lucy are Forest School level three leaders and facilitate sessions here at Swallowtail Hill. They are both DBS checked and First Aid trained.