Just imagine taking a group of three- and four-year-olds into the woods building shelters, leaping into puddles, exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. This is what Forest School is all about!
Nestled on the Western slopes of the Malvern Hills lies The Downs Malvern Forest School site.
Together with Mrs Shardlow, our accredited Level 3 Forest School Leader, Forest School enables children to lead their own learning, which arises through curiosity and exploration, with many multi-sensory opportunities. Surrounded by established broad leaf trees, with paths that run through woodland and a stream that carries water straight off the hills, the site really is a beautiful place for the children to explore and learn.
It offers an abundance of ways in which the children can develop emotional and social skills alongside cognitive development. Forest School teaches the children to be resilient, and also enables learners to develop a holistic understanding of their setting and wider world, considering their spiritual relationship with the surroundings.