Sweden: Forest Learning
Sweden gave colleagues an excellent insight into how to embrace nature as part of our daily classroom life. They learned how to take a range of subjects into the outdoors; the key concepts and knowledge can still be learned in an environment that promotes well-being and a sense of calm.
They saw how Swedish children are educated holistically- learning to work as a team, risk taking, communicating well, building resilience and independence.
Adults appreciated how calm and mindful they all felt from spending time outdoors and in the forest.
In Sweden 'fika' is an integral part of the day. This involves taking breaks and sharing coffee, food and meals together whilst communicating socially.
At Bridgewater, we have trained members of staff to achieve the Forest School school accrediitation and strive to build this into the curriculum. We will incorporate aspects of learning gained from the experience in Sweden into our outdoor learning.