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Forest School

What is Forest School?


Originating in Scandinavia, Forest School is a method which uses the natural environment to promote participants social, emotional and physical development. Forest School offers children a fun, practical way to learn in a woodland environment. Through regular sessions in the same area of woodland with a Forest School Leader children can develop:


  • personal confidence, self-esteem, independence, communication and social skills
  • their natural motivation, concentration and a positive attitude to learning
  • their creativity and imagination
  • the ability to recognise and manage risk
  • a wider range of physical skills than those developed indoors
  • a greater understanding, awareness and appreciation of the natural environment


Where is Forest School?


Forest School takes place within our school grounds; we have an excellent woodland/pond area which we are continually developing to enrich the children’s experiences whilst learning outside.


What happens at a Forest School session?


A Forest School session lasts around two hours. The session starts in base camp where safety rules are discussed and a starter activity usually encourages the children to explore the site and boundaries. Structured activities are planned for Forest School but each session is unique as unstructured play is encouraged so that sessions can be guided by events and the children’s interests. The session always ends with a time to reflect and celebrate.


Examples of structured Forest School activities are listed below:


  • Shelter/den building

  • Tying a range of knots

  • Learning to use a range of tools e.g. bow saws, knives, loppers, hand drills, gimlet, bill hook and mallet

  • Fire lighting/Campfire Cooking

  • Natural artwork/crafts

  • Growing plants, fruit and vegetables

  • Pond dipping

  • Mini beast/Wildlife identification activities

  • Bird watching/animal tracking



What does my child need to wear?


“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”


Forest school will be able to go ahead in almost all weathers so long as your child is suitably dressed.

Please ensure that your child wears:


  • Long sleeved top

  • Full length trousers

  • Wellies /walking boots

  • Waterproof coat/trousers when wet

  • Additional layer, warm socks, hat and gloves if cold

  • Sun hat/sun cream when warm

Year 1/2 Forest School Block 2020/2021

Year 3/4 Forest School Block 2020/2021

Year 3/4 Willow Class March 2018

Year 5/6 Hazel Class November 2017

Forest School After School Club - July 2017