Before children leave nursery they, and their parents/carers, are invited to take part in our Forest School project known as “Bankswood Badgers”.
- is an inspirational process that offers children and young people opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on experiences in a local woodland environment.
- builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering the opportunities to take risks, make choices, and initiate learning for themselves.
- helps children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
A Brief History…
Originally a concept developed in Denmark for pre-school children. Children attending Forest Schools were arriving at school with strong social skills, the ability to work in groups effectively and generally children had high esteem and confidence in their own capabilities. This ethos was introduced to the U.K. in the 1990’s and has been taken on as an effective educational tool in a variety of settings.
Woodlands are magical places…
- somewhere to explore, develop an awareness, ownership and respect for our natural world around us.
- which need to be explored: places to hide, to risk-take within safe boundaries
- which can be peaceful, calm, thoughtful places or PLACES WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A LOT OF NOISE!
See some of the pictures below from Bankswood Badgers.