What is Forest Learning?

Our forest areas allow the pupils at Howard to learn outdoors, with rich experiences of nature, through opportunities to take part in safe, hands-on activities under the supervision of adults.  Forest Learning at Howard involves experiencing the change of the seasons in a natural environment, learning about plants, trees and animal habits and much more! Children can enjoy exploring the environment, solving challenges and working together as they develop new language and skills through practical activities.

What do the children learn in their forest sessions?

Each and every session is different, as the learning activities are often inspired or themed around things which can change, such as: the changing seasons, what the children are interested in, animal habits, and by the children’s own imagination. We do all of this while, at the same time, linking the learning to the subjects and topics the children are studying in class. Some of our forest sessions link directly to Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in PE, or Plants, Animals and Habitats from Science, or Patterns and Printing in Art and Design.

Whilst our sessions differ, your child will often take part in games, story telling, role play and crafting activities. Their learning is often recorded in what they make, or through photographs taken by the grown ups. At the start and end of each session, the children talk about their learning during circle time.

How do children benefit from forest learning?

Forest learning helps children to:

  • Develop language, communication and social skills
  • Use and apply coordination and physical skills
  • Improve their understanding of the natural world and their awareness of the environment
  • Notice challenges and manage manage risks
  • Build their knowledge of healthy lifestyles and safe choices

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