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Forest School

Welcome to Forest School


What is Forest School?

Forest School is a child-initiated inspirational learning process that occurs through the exploration of the natural outdoor environment. Children use natural resources to have fun, explore, enquire, create and learn which offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration, and supported risk-taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner-inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting. Forest School is an exciting opportunity for your child to experience nature and learn outdoors. At Forest School, the children learn from first-hand experience and develop skills like perseverance, independence, and responsibility. Sessions contain challenges and games along with time to lead their own learning and play whilst making their own choices. 


Where is our Forest School?

Our school has a large well-established designated Forest School area with trees, shrubs, wildflowers, living willow, grassed area, a mud kitchen, an outdoor classroom, and a fire pit.  It is a very special place in school and an exciting place to explore.


Who runs Forest School?

We have a Level 4 Forest School Leader and trainer who oversees the Forest School curriculum.  One of our Forest School Practitioners leads the sessions, working with at least one supporting adult. Adults are there to facilitate and encourage experiential learning.


What did Ofsted say?

"Subjects are linked together in creative and exciting ways to help pupils follow up questions about areas of learning.  The establishment of Forest School in the school grounds is a wonderful addition providing great interest and opportunities to investigate and explore learning."

What to wear at forest school

Year 1's hedgehog exhibition!

We found a dead pigeon in forest school, it was lovely how the children talked about it with care and then wanted to bury it.

Y2 were very excited to find a frog in forest school, we studied it and then put it back in it's habitat.

Let's get creative.

What lives under a plank of wood?

Swinging and climbing are some of the favourite forest school activities

The fascination of ants!

Rain is fun!

What do you like at forest school?

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A pizza wrap cooked on the fire is so tasty!

We love cooking popcorn on the fire!

Year 4 practicing fire lighting skills to make popcorn

A sunny afternoon requires a water fight!

Year 2 children have been using the bow saw, hammer, and nails to make stars and hedgehogs

Year 3 have been collecting natural materials to make environmental art

Year 2 made Forest School Flags made using the Japanese art of Hapa Zome meaning leaf dye

The fascination of minibeasts

Year 3 help forest school leadership learners with their training

Meet a tree activity with Year 5