Forest School

Through our Forest School sessions, we aim to encourage independent, enthusiastic and creative life-long learners who develop holistically through well-planned activities that are interesting and based around a child-centred approach of learning. We also want to promote excellent mental health and wellbeing that comes through being outdoors, especially in a forest.

What will they do?

Some activities might include:

  • Shelter building
  • Fire lighting
  • Tool use
  • Studying wildlife
  • Playing team and group games
  • Sensory activities
  • Tracking games
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • Using a Kelly Kettle
  • Rope and string work
  • Art and sculpture work
  • Woodland and traditional craft
  • Physical movement activities

How does it work?

  • Each year group will have an allocated half term
  • They will have 5 weekly hour and a half sessions of Forest Schools
  • Forest school sessions will be on a Tues, Wed or Thurs, with one class from each Year Group on each day
  • Children will be split into two groups, and half the class will go at a time

Which year group has Forest School, in which half-term?

  • Autumn 1 – Year 6
  • Autumn 2 – Year 4
  • Spring 1 – Year 3
  • Spring 2 – Year 5
  • Summer 1 – Year 1
  • Summer 2 – Year 2

What do the children need to wear?

Children will come to school in:

  • Long sleeved t-shirt.
  • Trousers, to reduce the risk of bites, stings and scratches.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers (in wet weather).
  • Long socks, wellies or old trainers (in hot, dry weather).
  • During the summer, a sunhat and sunscreen.
  • During the colder months, extra layers such as a fleece, leggings, tights, hats and gloves are required.

Policies and Handbook

Click here to find our “Outdoor Learning Policy” and “Forest School Handbook”