Forest Schools originated in Sweden in the 1950s and was introduced to the UK in the mid-1990s when a group of students from Bridgwater College in Somerset visited Denmark and witnessed children playing outside, leading their own activities, cooking on open fires, climbing trees and using tools. They were inspired by what they saw and decided to run their own Forest School sessions in the UK. Since then, Forest Schools have become increasingly popular, although still quite new to Northern Ireland.
Attending Forest school is known to boost children’s confidence and improved their behaviour and social skills whilst learning holistically through play and exploration, children learn about the environment, how to handle risks and use their initiative to solve problems and to co-operate with others. We aim to allow children to investigate and be curious about the world around them. We believe in children’s need to play, and the need to access and experience the outdoors. Children should be exposed to controlled risk and the reality of the natural world. Children will engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools; play; learn boundaries of behaviour, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.
Wild Tribe is situated in the beautiful private forest surroundings of Rosemount Estate in the busy town of Greyabbey in the heart of the Ards Peninsula.
Wild Tribe Saturday Club runs every Saturday morning 9-11am for children aged 5-10