Woodland Warriors Documents

St Joseph’s Woodland Warriors

Let then look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.’

David Polis

Woodland Warriors is based fundamentally on the Forest School ideally, which is based on respect for children and young people and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. It believes in the child’s right to play and learn; the right to access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment); the right to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world and the right to experience a healthy range of emotions through all the challenges of social interaction, in order to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers and their potential. It is an approach to education that makes use of the outdoor environment to create a unique learning experience.

Woodland Warriors’ sessions provide increasingly diverse opportunities for children to benefit from an outdoor curriculum that can help children build positive values and attitudes about themselves, about learning and the environment in which they live. Children are given appropriate, challenging and achievable tasks that build their confidence, skills, knowledge and independence.

‘Outdoor learning connects children and young people with the natural world, and encourages lifelong involvement and activity in the outdoors.’

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence

The Warriors

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