Hackney Forest School runs a range of sessions for children and parents but also support other settings to set up Forest Schools and offers taster sessions and team building days. A typical session with children will start with a safety introduction and discussion around how we keep ourselves safe and then leads into an activity or idea for the session. Children are then given the opportunity to engage in a range of activities including mud painting, digging, searching for mini-beasts, listening to sounds in the environment, tree climbing, den making, using tools to make jewellery and other items, learning about flora and fauna and much more.
Children have the opportunity to ask questions, lead their own learning, take safe risks and engage in discussion with peers and practitioners around the natural environment. Children can develop many skills including increased self-esteem, improved social skills, language and vocabulary development, increased physical development and many more. At Hackney Forest School we believe all children need to grow up with nature and to appreciate and engage with the natural environment and that this contributes to an overall increased wellbeing.