THSL is a level 3 forest school and forest school sessions take place all year round at Sweet Tree Farm in Mill Hill. Forest school focuses on social and emotional development which is key to our cohort of students on the autistic spectrum. This approach to outdoor learning encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, take appropriate positive risks within boundaries, initiate learning for themselves and achieve success in every session. Students take part in a variety of activities including den building, outdoor cooking, fire lighting, tree climbing etc.
Farming is also offered in the form of animal care and students have commented on the calming effect of the farm and animals. Students can learn how to take care of chickens, ducks, sheep, donkeys which helps to develop empathy and independence. Forest school/farming is also offered as an intervention for students who may benefit.
‘I have learned that there is a method to lighting a fire and people really come into their own in the forest. Forest school is fun and unlike other lessons, as it is not all commands. It is also a massively creative outlet’ (Tom, 6th Form Student)
‘I enjoyed lighting fires and unleashing my inner adventurer! Forest school is a wonderful experience and you can learn valuable skills’ (Francis, Secondary Student)
‘It is hard to put into words. Myles has loved the farm so much. It has breathed fresh air into him. It has taken him away from his x-box and he is exhausted at the end of the day!’ (Primary Parent)