The idea of developing a Forest School at King’s was born when Mrs Tibbetts asked me if I would be interested in getting involved with leading the group in May 2012, I enrolled on the North Yorkshire Forest School leaders training course and so the adventure began!
The purpose of forest school is for the students to gain an understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the Forest School ethos, namely, development of self esteem, confidence and social skills. Through carefully planned activities, students from all year groups at the school take part in Forest School work throughout the year which enables them to excel in all areas of their personal, academic and spiritual development.
The philosophy which underpins the Forest School movement is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age from 3 years upwards, and any groups, through mastery of small, achievable tasks in a woodland environment, to grow in confidence and independence so that they are able to develop a sense of self- worth. Students will acquire new skills as they are ready for them so that activities can maintain a degree of challenge and excitement, whilst remaining safe and controlled.
Mr J Gibson
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