The project will use a combination of teaching approaches, with a strong focus on the Forest School approach, a philosophy whereby trained facilitators offer support for hands-on, student-led learning experiences in an outdoors natural environment, tailoring the needs of the group with the aim of building confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity.
There are many benefits to the Forest School approach, including:
Children develop a greater sense of independence and improved self-esteem through hands-on and child-led learning;
Children become more confident by being involved in activities that push their comfort limits;
Children with behaviour issues in a standard school setting tend to behave better when learning in nature;
Children develop better social and teamwork/group skills as well as leadership skills;
Children build knowledge of self through interaction with others and focused activities of self-exploration;
Children improve their handyman and artistic skills through creating crafts and using tools;
Children develop a stronger connection to and understanding and awareness of nature and outdoor environments;
Children build a greater conservation ethic and sense of responsibility for the outdoor environment.
The project will also incorporate classroom-based digital presentations and videos, as well as group discussions and teamwork projects.