Changing Places tells stories about greening Britain - intiatives by individuals, local communities, government or multi-national corporations that contribute to a sustainable future.
Friday 28 October
Nature Nursery at the Bishops Wood Centre in Worcestershire
Forest Schools originated in Sweden in the 1950s when children started to be taught outside. They learnt about the natural world and the environment through songs, stories and practical activities with woodland materials. The first Forest School in Britain was initiated by Bridgwater College ten years ago.
Forest Schools use the outdoors to help children learn practical and social skills as well as independence. From as young as five years old, children can sit around a camp fire and learn how important it is to treat fire respectfully.
By being allowed to run around, have fun in the mud and experience the woodland children are able to have a sense of freedom and responsibility. The children lead the sessions rather than the teachers.
In the programme, Dylan Winter visits a Forest School summer session in Worcestershire to see a group of five year olds experiencing their first Forest School. He finds out from the leaders and local teachers just how valuable these sessions can be.