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Forest School

The Forest School has been an integral part of early years education since the 1980’s when it was introduced as part of an expansion of nursery provision. It is based on the idea that young children can develop enthusiasm for education through the appreciation of nature. Forest schools have found to boost pupils’ confidence and improved their behaviour and social skills. Forest school is holistic learning through play and exploration, children learn about the environment, how to handle risks and use their initiative to solve problems and to co-operate with others.

Through our visits to our Forest School area the children in school are instilled with a love of the great outdoors. Inspirational, stimulating, hands on experiences develop self-esteem, confidence and responsibility. The use of the woodland setting, the various tools and the natural resources bring learning to life, create an understanding of the balance of nature and the finite resources around us.

Our trained Forest School teachers take groups of children to our wonderful designated Forest School area to carry out various activities, including whittling wood, sawing, creating jewelry out of wood and leaves in the environment, and even building fires! The children are taught to handle the tools with care through progressive, manageable steps and sessions, helping them to achieve the objectives with independence and a great sense of pride. 

To read our Forest School policy handbook please click here.