Our One Day School offers a place-based education approach that takes a school’s geographic location as a context for learning. Place-based education is designed to develop in learners, a love for their environment, and a greater sense of belonging, connection and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) to the community and biodiversity that exists there.
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Developing your child’s natural curiosity and allowing children to explore and experience the world around them.
Free play is the cornerstone of positive social development and foundational in our learning approach. Free play at The Forest School is unstructured, led by the child and is an opportunity where children can make their own choices, be directed by their own interests, create their own realities and use their imagination in their own way. It is spontaneous, develops from natural curiosity and allows children to explore and experience the world around them.
Children who have stronger connections with their teachers are likely to be more engaged and have better attitudes toward school.
Teaching and learning must be relationship based. Children who have stronger connections with their teachers are likely to be more engaged and have better attitudes toward school. At The Forest School, we genuinely believe in the potential of every child and discovering what it is they ‘bring to the table’.
Students are in mixed ages because we value the tuakana-teina relationship as an integral buddy system. Tuakana-teina refers to a traditional part of Maori society where an older or more expert tuakana helps and guides a younger or less expert teina. These tuakana–teina roles may be reversed at any time. We recognise the value of ako that describes a teaching and learning relationship, where the educator is learning from the student as much as the student does from the educator.
A Māori concept of health and wellbeing that is integrated into our curriculum; te whare tapa whā provides a holistic approach to learning and development.
A Māori concept of health and wellbeing that is integrated into our curriculum; te whare tapa whā provides a holistic approach to learning and development. It is based on the premise that schooling should not only be about the intellect, but also our physical and social learning, as well as our spiritual and mental wellbeing.
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