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Forest School articles & blogs

What do people think about Forest School? Articles & news from the UK & internationally, featuring evidence & expert opinion on Forest School and its benefits in Early Years, Primary and beyond.

Scroll down for our list of recommended blogs regularly posting reflective & inspiring content about their work.

More and more is written every day about Forest School as its reputation and community grows. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Do let us know if you spot something that would make a useful contribution or offers an interesting perspective.

Arranged, as much as possible, in chronological order, most recent at the top. If you have news, articles or blogs to add let us know via share@muddyfaces.co.uk. Thank you.

Outdoor Hub

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Muddy Faces Outdoor Practitioner magazine: Forest School Focus

• Forest School Day • Deepen your Nature Connection • Forest School in an urban setting • Forest School Stories - arson on site • 6 Forest School Principles & more reflective articles on Forest School practice.
Activities & guides: Whittle your own hazel knife • Square lashing • Autumn inspirations • Leaf needle felting • Autumn hanging mobile • Fascinating Fungi • Storm Kettles.

Free to download or read online.

Outdoor Practitioner: Forest School Focus (issue 3)

pdf, 6.72 MB

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A Child's Eye View of Forest School

To an outside eye a Forest School session might ‘just’ look like playing outdoors - all fun and games – some might even ask ‘what is the point?’ Outdoor practitioners understand there is so much going on, if you only stop and observe. Sarah Rix of Milford Pre School Plus, Lymington, Hampshire offers some insights into what is really going on...

This article appeared in issue 4 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
The article is free to download below, or download the whole magazine at the top of the page.

A Childs View of Forest School

pdf, 605.22 KB

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Doncaster Forest School - Chitter Chatter

The theory and practice of developing a pilot Forest School programme for disadvantaged families.

This article appeared in issue 4 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
The article is free to download below, or download the whole magazine at the top of the page.

Chitter Chatter

pdf, 572.50 KB

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Forest in the City

Louise Black, deputy headteacher of an urban primary school in London, on the importance of outdoor provision for all, and how the children she works with benefit from connecting to nature.

This article appeared in issue 3 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
The article is free to download below, or download the whole magazine at the top of the page.

Forest in the City

pdf, 1.13 MB

My Little Explorers p1 OP3

Forest School stories - arson on site

Interview with FS leader Sam Victoria of My Little Explorers about a shocking event on site and what she learned.

This article appeared in issue 3 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
The article is free to download below, or download the whole magazine at the top of the page.

My Little Explorers

pdf, 1.59 MB

Recommended blogs

These sites are regularly adding new posts and content, reflecting on practice and sharing ideas.