Observation In Forest Schools

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Forest Schools Forest Schools offer learners the opportunity to develop their confidence through hands on learning experiences. The learning takes place in a wood or a natural environment with trees. Tovey (2012) believes that the notion of Forest Schools resonates with Froebel’s emphasis on the importance of children learning outdoors in contact with the natural world. This curriculum allows children to play while they learn about their world. Forest Schools consider children’s contact with nature important from early age. The children also get the chance to develop the life skills of socialisation, self esteem, independence and physical and emotional well being. Children are given the space and the freedom necessary to explore their own ideas. Forest Schools is a long-term process of regular sessions.…show more content…
• An important reason for Observation in Forest Schools is so that it can help plan for future activities. • These observations help practitioners evaluate the programme and improve any areas which need improving in order to provide a better education for the children attending the forest schools. Principles of good practice in relation to observation and documention of children’s play and learning. • FSA (2016) [online] states that a Forest School programme has a structure which is based on the observations and collaborative work between learners and practitioners. This structure should clearly demonstrate progression of learning. • A Forest School programme constantly monitors its ecological impact and works within a sustainable site management plan agreed between the landowner/ manager, the forest school practitioner and the learners. • Reflective practice is a feature of each session to ensure learners and practitioners can understand their achievements, develop emotional intelligence and plan for the

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