Over the past few months, we have been developing a pilot project in conjunction with East Lothian Healthy Living service and Saltoun Primary School. The idea is to set up a forest school area near the school where the young people can be given lessons in a real life context.
Forest School is a concept developed from ideas about working with children and young people in the outdoors. The participants are encouraged and inspired to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem, through the mastery of small achievable tasks. Hands-on activities with natural materials develop practical and intellectual skills, which can all be linked to the curriculum.
This type of learning is very much geared towards enteprise in that it gives young people the opportunity to use concepts they may already have learned in the classroom in a real setting.
More information will be posted as the pilot progresses.