Staring out the window chewing pencils while the teacher tries to keep the attention of 30 restless pupils could be a thing of the past.
As now children are being immersed in the natural world to deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Thanks to the innovative Forest Schools, they deliver classes outside where little ones can discover Mother Nature while walking amongst her – not just in a classroom.
This progressive education is said to have a rich and significant impact in how kids learn, helping them to have meaningful experiences that go on to create lifelong changes.
Putting wellbeing at the heart of all they do, the Forest Schools programme focuses on creating holistic communities that gift children a social and informative adventure.
They fiercely believe that nature should not be considered something as a thrill away from the daily grind, but a birthright that is central to an individual’s physical and emotional needs.
All of the teachers have a profound respect of the great outdoors, with backgrounds either as countryside rangers, outdoor centre managers, expedition guides, or instructors.
This innate knowledge helps them connect with young people and nurture their grasp of ancient woodlands and natural landscapes in a unique and inspirational way.
In particular, their aim is to transform the lives of children by “re-engaging their deepest inner instincts with our living planet”.
By meeting outside, the Forest Schools team promise children a buzz from the breeze in their air as the birds sing and they search for puddles to jump over (or into!) in their wellies.
No two classes will ever be the same, with each one taking lead from the pupils in the session by asking them what they wish to explore during their time in nature that day.
The workshop leaders will then guide them through the space, creating hands-on activities as they play with a variety of textures and materials that stimulate the senses and boost learning.
As well as exploring, there is a focus on the different ways of working in the woodlands whether that be individually, collaboratively, or through mentoring.
The mini explorers will also be able to recognise the importance of risk-taking and learn to challenge themselves so they can practise their intellectual and communication skills.
We can only hope the national curriculum will reflect this kind of learning one day.
For more information, click here: Forest Schools.