Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, friluftsliv, or free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then.
The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Our approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm, but a more holistic thing, there are risks in everything we do, and we grow by overcoming them. Forest School therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.
There is lots of research out there to support the outcomes of Forest School, but we know that it isn’t just the educational outcomes and research that matter, our learners and leaders love it too!
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Bushcraft is all about having the necessary skills and knowledge to look after yourself in the wild. Join us for a unique experience suitable for both children and adults in a safe and friendly environment amongst the trees and wildlife at the Club at Holbrook Manor, Somerset.
We can’t show you how to catch a grizzly bear, but we can show you pretty much everything else to do with bushcraft, survival techniques and living off the land.
At Bunker Bushcraft you can learn to safely prepare food in the wild, use new skills such as fire lighting, cook on an open fire and make spoons, tent pegs and charcoal.
If you love the great outdoors and want to learn more about living with mother nature's resources, check out our half day taster courses below.
Excellent afternoon foraging, making fire and learning to make a tent peg. Kids really enjoyed themselves, as did the big kids too! Nicely topped off with giant marshmallows around the fire.
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