A brand new schooling initiative will be heading to the woods this spring under the close eye of a St Cyrus teacher.
Frida Mittmann from Tangleha Community will be launching the Embark Forest School in Angus and the Mearns together with forest school practitioner Stewart Troup.
Children at forest schools build different skills which may include flora and fauna identification, woodland games, transient art, shelter building, collecting firewood, fire lighting, cooking on a open fire, music therapy in the woods and woodland crafts including making woodland stools and wooden spoons.
Frida said: “The social skills learned encourage empathy with fellow students and as well as skills to pick up there will be non-competitive games to enjoy.
“Forest School, with its Holistic approach to learning has been seen to boost children’s confidence,
motivation, self-esteem and improve their behaviour, social skills and independence through engaging in a wide range of activities.
“The ethos of Forest School allows learners the time and space to learn, develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the attendees in order to then encourage individuals to achieve positive outcomes.”
Embark forest school is mostly held at Gemmel Wood near Fettercairn, but Stewart and Frida are willing to set up sites at more convenient locations in the Angus area.
Both Stewart and Frida have experience in teaching Forest School to primary and secondary school-aged children as well as working with adults with learning difficulties at Milltown Community. Their newest group is a toddler group for 1-3 year olds, which runs fortnightly. Look on their Facebook page ‘Embark Forest School’ or firstname.lastname@example.org