“The excitement of outdoor learning that I felt when I was at school comes back to me in floods whenever I head out with my class to our ‘Base Camp’ classroom,” says Bekah, a teacher whose pupils are enjoying the benefits of getting out of the classroom – whatever the weather.
Forest School is seen as a way of life in Scandinavia.
Forest School is a child-centred learning process that offers stimulating activities and holistic opportunities for growth through play, exploration and, often, supported and calculated risk taking. It helps develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a natural, fresh air setting.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that some schools in England could start to return from 1st June, as he updated the country on the lockdown during a television statement on 10th May.
The benefits gained by taking learning out of the classroom are huge. It encourages creative
thinking, accelerates understanding of subjects, boosts self-awareness, fosters respect for
others, nurtures social skills, encourages interactions and helps to build healthy peer to peer
In years gone by, it was common for all kids to spend hours outdoors every day. But, as we all know only too well, things have changed. Playgrounds and parks are disappearing, homework is increasing, and parents are often wary of letting their youngsters out of their sight. While some kids can still enjoy the great outdoors, thanks to groups like Cubs and Brownies, it doesn't seem fair that many children don't get the chance.
Every teacher knows the importance of encouraging kids to read - but schools aren't always the best place to lose yourself in a book. The school library, while it may have a fantastic collection of volumes available, isn't always a welcoming reading area. Plastic school chairs can be uncomfortable, and banks of computers and the glare of strip lighting overhead might prevent a child from really getting immersed in a story.
What youngster doesn't dream of a private hideaway, located out in nature and far away from grown-ups' prying eyes? An Arctic Cabin may not whisk children away to a forest adventure, but it gives them the next best thing, and all without leaving the school grounds.