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RF Forest Schools.
In 2015 James and Timm both qualified as level 3 Forest Schools Leaders. Since then we’ve built up our very own RF forest school.
Based in the woodland at Kiveton Community woodland (The ex Pit top site) we have several areas that we utilise for our forest school.
Forest schools is a long term process that teaches life skills in a supportive, natural outdoor environment. There’s more information further down the page on what we do at our forest school but needless to say it’s a bit good.
We Love Forest Schools (Class 6 Todwick School)
The RF Forest School Ethos.
Forest Schools is a long term programme which takes place in a woodland environment. It enables children to develop their sense of wonder, confidence, self-esteem, cooperation and trust in others. As trained adults leading the children through the process we draw on our experience and passion for the outdoors to teach children practical skills in a safe environment that will naturally aid their development.
We love being in the woods and we want to share this enthusiasm of our woodlands with the next generation. The importance of learning through play, positive risk taking and respect for each other and our environment are key to our ethos. We’re firm believers that positive encouragement and a supportive environment help kids grow and learn respect. The excitement of being outdoors, allowed to explore, take risks, play, have fun, and make friends runs right through our ethos.
We also believe that passing on the importance of sustainability for the future of our woodlands is essential for our communities to ensure they are around for generations to come. We do this by shared experience and learner led activities in a safe, caring, accepting and fun environment.
Our forest schools session include plenty of creativity. Creativity is the key to open up avenues of learning that children often struggle with in a classroom environment.
What are Forest Schools?
Forest Schools is a way of giving young people the opportunity to get out into the woodlands, where they build their self-esteem, social skills and confidence through carrying out enjoyable and achievable activities.
What Happens at Forest Schools?
Activities are tailored to suit the age group and ability, as well as the individual child’s learning style and interests.
Activities may include:
- Shelter building
- Tool use
- Fire lighting and campfire cooking
- Creative projects using natural materials
- Exploring the woodlands
- Playing games
What are the Benefits of Forest Schools?
Research has shown that Forest Schools allow the whole child to develop. The activities are carried out in small achievable ways so that children are given the opportunity to succeed. Forest Schools have been shown to increase children’s self-confidence, social skills, communication skills, motivation, fitness, motor skills, knowledge and understanding.
Who is the Forest School Leader?
Timm and Jim
Timm and Jim run Responsible Fishing, a Family run Arts collective and have done so since 2010. We offer arts projects and creative activities for all types of schools, events and business and we’re both forest schools level 3 trained (Pending). Both family orientated chaps we love spending time with our kids in the outdoors exploring, building and creating. We’re both outdoor first aid qualified and CRB Checked