Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

  • equal, unique and valuable
  • competent to explore and discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

This learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.

Forest School - October 2021

Year 2 have loved searching in the forest school for minibeasts and microhabitats.

The Great Bug Hunt - May 2021

Year 2 enjoyed a forest school session this afternoon as part of The Great British Bug Hunt Competition! We found lots of minibeasts and searched through the microhabitats together.

Reception Class Bug Hunt - May 2021

In forest school today the Reception Class children went on a bug hunt. As part of our science lessons, we chose to take part in this years Great Bug Hunt. The children had to explore our forest school area to look for bugs. We also introduced the word habitat as we asked the children to not only describe the bugs they could find but also their habitats. The children had great fun looking under logs and stones, in trees and bushes and through the grass. They used magnifying glasses to help them see all the parts of the bugs to help them classify and name each.

Mental Health and Forest School - May 2021

Y1 celebrating Mental Health Week through a variety of Forest school activities as the theme for the week was ' Nature'.

Forest School - April 2021

Year 4 had a fantastic morning working together to solve problems and build dens in our Forest School.

Year 1 Forest School Egg Hunt - March 2021

hi Year 1 visited Forest school and had an Easter Egg hunt. The Easter bunny had written to them to tell them he had lost some of his eggs and asked the children for help. The children put bunny ears on and quickly went off to find the eggs. When all the eggs had been found the children had a well deserved rest on the logs and enjoyed hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows along with a chocolate biscuit. The eggs that each group found were counted and the group with the most were announced as the winners. The children then ate the chocolate eggs everyone had found. What a wonderful time they all had!

Year 2 Forest School - March 2021

The Year 2's had a brilliant, muddy time at Forest School.

Forest School Key Aims