The planting trees. Also discovering different shapes, sounds, scents

The Forest School approach is for children to experience a holistic approach to learning in an outdoor/woodland environment. It gives children the opportunity to have contact, explore and discover the natural environment. One of the concepts of the Forest School approach is that it allows free flow play and learn during play. It also gives children freedom, and have the access to explore risk and challenge in play and learn different aspects of nature and develop their understanding of the world. Many of the activities within forest schools are child-led, and the activities will follow the direction in which children choose to take them. They may decide to work independently, work on developing their own problem-solving skills and creativity, or they may join up with other children and work within teams. This gives the opportunity to develop children’s social development, as they will learn how to collaborate within a team, and how to share their ideas and to listen to others. There are many outdoor learning activities that the Forest School approach offers for settings to carry out with children. Such as creating a nest for a bird by using sticks, making dens, bridges and sculptures, looking for bugs and insects, planting trees. Also discovering different shapes, sounds, scents and colours of various aspects of a woodland. One of the benefits of the Forest School approach is that it allows children to develop all areas of development and learning through this type of play. Such as developing their Language and communication development as well as literacy skills, as children will be able to learn new words and names of different aspects found in the natural world. For example, the names of insects, and colours. It will also allow children to develop their physical development, as they will use their fine and gross, motor skills to explore the woodland environment during play, for example learning to use tools to cut twigs or other materials and climbing up trees. One of the prime factors of the forest school approach is that children will be able to use their imagination and creativity skills, as children are given the opportunity to create equipment’s to play with, such as creating dens and play music on simple homemade environmental instruments.  The Forest School approach is used in early years practice is many ways, such as it shows the importance of providing an enabling outdoor environment that includes various aspects of the natural world. As well as giving children the freedom and opportunity to be outside and be active. Such as in my placement we provide a mud kitchen that has an area for the children to discover insects and planting plants. Also, take the children outside to a Woodland Park a few times a week so children will have more space to run around and explore the natural environment. For example, collecting sticks and twigs to create sculptures.