The school will receive free forest school sessions with a forest school project officer for a whole year, three free places on a Level 3 forest school leadership training course and have their school grounds transformed with an outdoor classroom. Any school with an L postcode is eligible to apply. Liverpool Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, will carefully select the successful school from a number of finalists, to join the project at the start of 2019.
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 a natural setting. Fun games and activities such as climbing trees, natural art, den-building and lighting fires help to stimulate children’s creativity, build confidence and develop life skills, all while forming a positive relationship with nature.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been running their forest school project in Liverpool since 2017. Supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the project aims to reconnect urban children and teachers with nature and to create a growing movement of primary schools across the region that are passionate about forest school and the benefits it offers to learners.