I am a freelance forest school leader based in Kingston, London. I’m an avid subscriber to the idea that children and young people learn at their own speed in their own time and that one size does not necessarily fit all. I centre on how children learn and not what children learn. I believe playing... Continue Reading →
The "Beast from the East" descended on Forest School today. After a sleepless night wondering if it was a good idea, I decided -3 air temperature and -7 windchill was perfectly fine, providing all were clothed correctly. A little snow wasn't going to stop today's session! We decided to keep ourselves warm by building a... Continue Reading →
It's the end of our first half term at St John's in Kingston. Here's a little reminder of some of the fun we've had!
“When he comes home from forest school he tells me about everything they have done, he doesn’t do that normally”
“The back page of an October issue of San Francisco magazine displays a vivid photograph of a small boy, eyes wide with excitement and joy, leaping and running on a great expanse of California beach, storm clouds and towering waves behind him. A short article explains that the boy was hyperactive, he had been kicked... Continue Reading →
"Our little girl had an AWESOME forest school session - thanks so much!"
Stephen Simpson has worked for over twenty years with 3-18 year olds in creative environments in both state and independent schools. He undertook the Level Three Forest School Leaders course in 2017 and works with forest schools throughout the local area. He is a passionate believer in using alternative learning methods with children who need help... Continue Reading →
I will be holding forest school sessions at St John's School Kingston Upon Thames, starting January 2018. Currently they will be for specific students. The plan is to offer broader sessions across the school once funding is secured. We have a great site spread over 60m x 15m. It includes a purpose built... Continue Reading →
"The sense of pride and achievement in a child cannot be hidden, no matter how tough or shy, when they successfully create fire from thin air" Anon
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ALBERT EINSTEIN
Just a note on fires and the use of tools Bushcraft and fires can be an essential part of Forest School. I use tools and fires in my sessions. I only do this when I think it appropriate to the children’s level of learning. I need to feel confident the children will respond well and... Continue Reading →
This information is for parents of children about to start attending our sessions at St John's School, Kingston. Forest School is a process that offers all types of learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through different types of learning in the enveloping environment of a woodland. We and your school have... Continue Reading →
A useful report from The ADHD Foundation for parents of and workers with children of ADHD children. I believe Forest School is the perfect environment to help children with ADHD. The report looks at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children across the UK. It gives an insight into its impact and what must be done... Continue Reading →
My Forest School is a process that offers all types of learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through different types of learning in the enveloping environment of a woodland. It is child led and designed to be fun. Whilst at the sessions the children can climb, jump, build, create, sit quietly, reflect,... Continue Reading →
I have a six year old son who is described as having special educational needs. Special Educational Needs (SEN) - It implies there’s something wrong with your child, doesn’t it? They’re somehow different from what's 'normal' I don't view it as a special educational need. It’s just an individual need. We are all individuals aren’t... Continue Reading →