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Forest School for All
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Forest School for All

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May 2011 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How can you use the Forest School ethos for the benefit of all your students?

Forest School is now being used with a wide range of different age groups and in many different settings, and it can address issues such as obesity, public health and social wellbeing. This book includes case studies that will help to demonstrate how to run Forest School sessions with:

- children in older primary classes

- secondary schools

- children in urban environments

- special schools

- young people in residential homes

- school refusers

- young people who have been excluded

- adults with autistic-spectrum disorders

- family centres.

Anyone interested in how to implement the Forest School ethos in their learning environment will be enthused and inspired by this book.

Sara Knight is an experienced early years educator and Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years and Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play (both published by SAGE).

Sara Knight
Introduction: Setting the Scene
 
PART ONE: NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL-BASED FOREST SCHOOL
Katherine Milchem
Breaking through Concrete: The Emergence of Forest School in London
Clare Lamb
Forest School: A Whole-School Approach
Tracey Maciver
Developing Practice and Delivering a Forest School Programme for Children Identified as Gifted and Talented
Alisdair Horning
Using Forest School to Make the Transition to High School
 
PART TWO: FOREST SCHOOL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS
Clare Neenan with Sara Knight
Supporting Emotional and Social Development in Forest School with Adolescents
Ross Evans
Forest School: An Alternative Curriculum
Rich Sylvester
Learning from Working with Disaffected Year 10 Pupils
Jon Cree
Maintaining the Forest School Ethos while Working with 14 to 19-Year-Old Boys
 
PART THREE: FOREST SCHOOL AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH PARTICULAR NEEDS
Fiona Hopkins
Removing Barriers: Getting Children with Physical Challenges into the Woods
Xavier Elonquin and Tina Hutchinson
SEALs in the Woods!
Rebecca Wicks
Forest School and Looked-after Children
Kevin Burrows
Autism, Art and Nature as Relational Aspects of Forest School
 
PART FOUR: USING FOREST SCHOOL STRATEGICALLY
Mike Brady
Addicts and Forest School
Lucy Partridge and Wendy Taylor
Forest School for Families
Louise Ambrose
Forest School Countywide: A Norfolk Perspective
Jenny Watters
Edinburgh's Forest School Partnership Project 'Building Local Capacity'
Sara Knight
Conclusion

A useful resource for individual students with a relevant dissertation focus.

Ms Jacqui Ambler
Lifelong Learning Centre, Leeds University
November 21, 2013

This book gives an overview of the development of Forest School and how important it is for the development of the child. The Chapter on Getting Children with Physical Challenges into the Woods give practical ideas and suggestions which are invaluable.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
Education Department, Newman University College
April 29, 2013

This is a key text for extending understandings of Forest School applications beyond the Early Years

Dr Jennifer Patterson
Education , Greenwich University
February 18, 2013

I have recommended this book as a supplemental resource as the Forest School initiative is widespread in the field of childcare.
Plenty of interesting ideas for activities in the outdoors and a useful resource that will aid students in achieving their qualification.

Mrs Beverley Owen-jones
SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE, Neath Port Talbot College
February 13, 2013

Not sure how this came to be connected to this module - my error I think. Apologies.

Mr Martin Harmer
Social Sciences & Law, University of Teesside
October 24, 2012

The key text to introduce the theories and practice of Forest School - written in a readable format that is understandable by students of many levels. Positive and up beat leaving you feeling that it is all achievable - and so worth it!

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
September 6, 2012

Forest Schools are becoming an increasingly common part of the curriculum. This publication is a valuable addition to our reading list, and will assist our learners, and their schools, greatly.

Ms Rhiain Lewis
Dept of Higher Education, Bridgend College
July 31, 2012

Slightly disappointing. Like other books on this subject key points, such as the detail of what occurs in Forest School sessions is rarely mentioned adequately. The case studies focus very much on children with particular issues and much consideration is given to the organisation and outcomes of the sessions. Overall, rather superficial in terms of revealing the true nature of Forest schools. Satisfactory as an over-view.

Mrs Claire Dean
Dept. of Teaching, Health & Care, Bradford College
July 19, 2012

This book is used throught unit 4 of the CACHE course and was essential for students to understand what a forest school is.

Mrs Karen Cooke
health and social care, Bolton Community College
July 6, 2012

Written in a similar format to the first book on Forest School by the author. A focus on inclusion with attention to 14-19 boys, looked after children and other barriers to learning. Gifted and talented are also focused upon which will help broader understanding and guide practice of helping a wider variety of holistic learning and developmental needs.

Miss Christiana Turner
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Wiltshire College
June 27, 2012

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