What is Forest School?
Forest School is not a‘one-off’ session but should be built up long-term over regular opportunities for children to be in an outdoors woodland environment. It allows all learners to achieve and develop their self-esteem and confidence. Within this, all children explore and discover for themselves, take appropriate risks (e.g. through fire lighting, tree climbing and tool use), seek challenge, solve problems, co-operate with others and experience regular success. Through this, they develop positive relationships both with others and the natural world, and develop their personal potential.
Forest School is focussed more on learning processes rather than on the content; it is not what children achieve but how they have achieved it. It is based very much on a child-centred approach where children are given encouragement to direct their own learning using their senses to explore the outdoor woodland environment whilst linked to concepts being taught in the classroom.
Most importantly, Forest School develops the whole child which enhances each child’s personal, social, emotional, intellectual, linguistic, spiritual and physical development to increase their ability to become independent, inquisitive, resilient and confident learners who can manage risk safely.
Aims of Forest School
We aim for our children to be:
We recently received our Gold award from the Woodland Trust.
Year 5 Forest School - Den Building
In Science, Year 5 were planning an investigation exploring the best material to use to build a shelter. To deepen their knowledge on shelters, they were taught how to tie different knots and use materials around them to create a waterproof shelter.