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Image result for tree clipartAbout Forest School

We are developing a Forest School within our school grounds to give children the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand, play and learning in a controlled outdoor environment. Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors on a regular basis. This work will support the main curriculum and will have emphasis on raising children’s self-esteem, independence and confidence. Learners are entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge. They are also entitled to initiate and drive their own learning and development.


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We believe everyone should:

  • Have regular access to a natural environment
  • Have a safe environment to succeed, create, use and apply skills
  • Learn through self-directed play and exploration
  • Develop their curiosity, self-esteem and creativity
  • Develop a knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk
  • Have an opportunity to understand and respect the natural world around them


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Our main objectives are to produce confident and capable children who:

  • Are independent and resourceful
  • Are happy and care for each other
  • Do lots of outdoor physical activity
  • Are gaining confidence and improving their practical skills
  • Have good ideas and like to find out new things
  • Can make choices and take responsibility
  • Know when it is safe to take risks
  • Understands, take care of and appreciates the natural environment


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Here are some of the children's responses to taking part in Forest School.


Harriett (Year 2)"It was fun making a bug city to house insects and decorating it"

Lucie (Year 2)"I enjoyed making the paw prints and making zip wires with the ropes"

Isla (Year 3) "I like Forest School because you can do trails and you can play with the logs"

Hadyn (Year 3) "I like the potato peeler because when you peel off sticks you can see underneath what it would be like"

Angus (Year 5) "I like the idea of Forest School and how you can create anything you want"

Amelia (Year 5) "I like using potato peelers, making wands and bow and arrows"

Sarah (Year 5) "Enjoy playing in the mud"

Devon (Year 5) "I like climbing trees"

Caitlin (Year 5) "I enjoy potato peeling and carving sticks"

Dylan (Year 5) "I like building"