Samantha Clement writes about her Forest School journey...
The role of the Forest School leader to promote learning and development is to enable the learners to be able to fully access the outdoor learning by supporting and facilitating their learning. That’s the official line but I’m going to explain my journey as a more personal one.
Forest School has helped to broaden my own knowledge which has led to a deeper understanding of the importance of issues such as sustainability and preservation; also the need to manage and involve learners in the management of the site and the importance of creating an action plan to see that this is implemented and carried out. This has affected not only how I work during Forest School but it has also helped me to reflect and create action plans for the whole learning evironment both inside and outside.
When I was asked to go on the foest school leader training my first thought was to run for the hills - I really didn't want to do it but ended up on the course regardless!!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your staff for a brilliant Forest School course. I really enjoyed both the skills days and the initial 5 day course.
Forest School training had been on my radar and wish list for professional development for a while. The draw to Forest School has its roots in my own passion for the environment and learning outdoors with children. So when I found out about training locally, I took the opportunity with both hands. I had just accepted a job as a TA in a Reception class after having worked as a childminder and in a nursery. I had high expectations of the course, hoping it would give me the teaching tools to offer children in the Reception classes more and opportunities for outdoor play and learning.
What a fantastic course. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and the facilities that were offered were good. Chris was an outstanding teacher, very friendly and approachable.
Thank you so much Chris. I have thoroughly enjoyed the training you provided and want to extend a huge thank you to you and your team.
I know that we completed our evaluation forms today but I just wanted to personally say a big thank you for the last four Mondays!
When I was asked if I wanted to do the Forest School course, I was apprehensive of how much work it was going to be as I am also doing another level 3 course, but after the first session with Chris I was relieved that she was so helpful in breaking it down and alleviating those initial fears.
I was very apprehensive at the beginning of the course, although I relish the outdoors; I thought the assignments may get the better of me.