Forest Schools

What is a Forest School?

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.
Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
These programmes run throughout the year, going to the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.

Mrs Row and Mrs Powles have attended a 'Forest Schools' course which has taught us, as a Nursery, the importance of incorporating Forest Schools activities at Yorley Barn.

Although we are not officially a 'Forest School' (Yet!) Yorley Barn embraces the opportunities that the Forest Schools ethos represents and we hold regular Forest Schools sessions in our very own woodland classroom in our private wood.

Yorley Barn Nursery School through the Forest School programme will aim to develop: