FOREST SCHOOL EDUCATION
We follow the Forest Schools pedagogy – a Scandinavian initiative from the 1950’s now gaining popularity across Europe and in particular, the United Kingdom, which optimises the use of nature and the outdoors as a teaching and learning resource.
Outdoor activities are organised in natural settings, such as the forest, the mountains or the beach, with multiple benefits for students: improved personal relationships as well as increased self-esteem and self-knowledge. Different curricular areas are addressed in the Forest experience and environmental awareness develops and grows through team-building, creativity and problem-solving, all the while reinforcing positive relationships with peers. Our ‘Forest’ teachers lead activities outside the classroom which are always based on student interest, and which foster their natural curiosity to explore and understand the natural environment.
At the International School of Catalunya (ISCAT) the academic programme is complemented by our Forest School sessions. Every week different classes take turns to visit the local forest, dressing appropriately and according to season.