Forest Schools is a child-centred approach that takes place during regular visits to the wooded areas of the school. A small group of children work with the Forest School Leader, and supporting adults, in weekly sessions to play in and explore the natural environment. Basic resources, such as string, rope and tarpaulins, are provided and the skills to use them are taught as and when they are needed by the participants. As their skills grow, and when it is developmentally appropriate, more challenging skills may be taught.
Essential to Forest School Practice is a mutual relationship between the participants and the woodland itself. The Forest School Leader assumes responsibility for monitoring the ecological impact of activities and promotes an understanding of sustainability with all participants and the wider school community.