At Hill Avenue Academy our children will have the privilege to engage in Forest School Activities. Forest School is a unique approach to supporting children’s connection with woodland spaces whilst on building on key skills such as self-confidence, resilience and independence. The programme aims to promote children’s physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and spiritual development, by letting them focus on their own interests.
The school works closely to the Forest School ethos:
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees.” –Forest School Association.
We achieve this by following the 6 principles of Forest School:
Forest School is a long term process with frequent and regular sessions in a local natural space, not a one-off visit. Planning, adaption, observations and reviewing are integral elements.
Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.
Forest School is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously develop their professional practice.
Forest School uses a range of learner centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
We believe that by offering our children opportunities to work through intrinsic motivations, children will become confident and capable learners, who foster a growth mind-set towards all their learning.