Forest Schools is an exciting programme which began in the Mid and East Antrim area in 2017.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to promoting our parks and open spaces as important educational and recreational resources and Forest Schools is a great way to achieve this.
The number of Forest Schools in Northern Ireland is increasing and we are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative.
All the schools in the Borough have had the opportunity to take part in the Forest School programme via the Forest School Awards. Three schools have been selected to take part in the Forest Schools initiative in 2017. Successful schools choose a green space near their school in which to engage in outdoor learning. It is hoped the children will value and take ownership of their Forest School site, and this sense of pride will spread throughout their families, friends and wider community.
The Forest Schools programme is a great way to encourage schools to consider their local woodlands as a media for learning. All the Forest Schools activities can be linked directly to the curriculum which allows teachers to ensure continued progress towards academic targets. The change of venue is a fantastic experience for both children and teachers and has demonstrated to be particularly useful for children who do not normally thrive in the classroom.
To find out more visit the Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association website.