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Forest School

What is Forest School?


Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment.

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences over an extended period of time. The main goals in primary age children include encouraging curiosity and exploration with all senses, empowering children in the natural environment and encouraging spatial awareness and motor development. They all learn about ‘Flora and Fauna’ but gain more abstract benefits in social skills such as team building and cooperation , risk management, project planning and recognition of student’s own achievements. The combination of freedom and responsibility is beneficial to all children . Miss Nelson, one of our classroom teachers, is our  qualified forest school leader. Sessions take place in the wooded area on the field or in Nursery garden.  See downloads below for more information.

Forest School Activities may include:

  • Den Building
  • Wood Whittling
  • Using tools
  • Building fires
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Outdoor Art
  • Clay work
  • Free Play
  • Outdoor Mathematics
  • Orienteering
  • Exploring Settlers
  • Investigating weather
  • Minibeast investigations
  • Problem Solving