Forest school is a child-led, play-based ethos that offers children regular opportunities to succeed, improve self-esteem and develop as a person, through hands-on learning in the woods. Children are able to play freely, explore their own interests, and learn at their own pace in a safe and supportive natural environment.
Since January, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s forest school project has been working with Bedford Primary, delivering free weekly forest school sessions and training school staff as forest school leaders, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Children and adults alike played games, searched for insects and enjoyed a campfire cookout within the school’s beautiful outdoor learning space. Many of the parents commented that their children often talk excitedly about forest school at home, so it was great to experience it for themselves. One father was stunned to see his son playing games and chatting with the other children, saying, “He (my son) suffers from Asperger's and he wasn't doing well in class and was not talking or making friends. Once he attended forest school things started to change, you can see him now running around with other children and wanting to join in with activities.”