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. The growing body of research points to numerous benefits to learner, educator, child and parent alike.

Forest School is the name of a specific ethos. Qualified practitioners carefully facilitate programmes which are uniquely tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group and have the fundamental aim of building participants’ self-esteem, confidence, independence and creativity. The name does not refer to an actual place; it refers to the philosophy.

The Impact of this is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience.

The impact can be seen through skills, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge of the fruit, plants trees in relation to the seasons and the skills involved in learning how to play Forest School games.

The principals of Forest School state that it is:

  • a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • taking place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • using a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • aiming to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • offering learners, the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

At Forest School all participants (children and adults) are viewed as:

  • equal, unique and valuable
  • competent to explore & 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 ethos creates learning communities where deep-level learning and progression are the norm.

www.forestschoolassociation.org/full-principles-and-criteria-for-good-practice

Forest School Blog

On the way to the woods, Willow Class made some silhouettes of animals and creatures in their shadows created by read more
This week Lilac Class had to wrap up warm, as the cold has finally come. They created some shadow puppets read more
This week the children talked about the changes they had seen in the environment. “Some of the trees look golden!” read more
The morning started with our intrepid breakfast clubbers arriving at 7:40am ready for breakfast, hot chocolate and a relax in read more
Today Maple Class spent time kicking leaves and noticing the changes that had been occurring around them as Autumn develops. read more
Today the class all had a stick and collected the fallen leaves on it to create a multi coloured ‘leaf read more
This week Lilac Class went on an outdoor adventure with their Buddies! Lilac’s topic this term is ‘World War Two’. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
In the week of midsummers day, we have had rain, cold and now summer sunshine! Lilac Class took along the read more
After the searing heat of earlier in the week, Willow Class Forest School started in the drizzling rain! They collected read more
It was a warm summer’s day, so along the way to the woods, the children spotted summer plants and trees read more
Maple Class made ‘log dogs’ this week, by drawing faces on logs and creating a lead. They took them out read more
Year 5 have been taking part on ‘Bikeability ‘sessions this week, so Lilac Class decided to all ride to the read more
This term Cherry’s learning journey is ‘Plants and Growing’, so the children had a go at spotting as many of read more
Willow class were full of energy, so we started our sessions by playing some games we knew and learning some read more
This term our learning journey is ‘Turrets and Tiaras’. The children all had a willow horse or dragon to name read more
As the Spring Equinox has just passed, the children talked about the advent of spring and played some games in read more
The impact of the Forest School experience can be seen through the skills, art and craft activities, observations and knowledge read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge they gain from the Forest School experience. The impact read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
With a couple of brilliant small people, we set off after a busy day at school to tackle the muddy read more
The rain fell harder than it has all winter. We decided that we needed to brave it and go and read more
This term our topic is ‘Turrets and Tiaras’. We learned about castles in the morning and played with knights and read more
After the wet and cold weather we have been so used to, it was gorgeous in the sunshine today. Miss read more
The children are learning about Maps as part of their Geography curriculum this term. They all had a look at read more
The day was warmer than we expected, but we set off another way to the woods, because last week it read more
It looked like rain at lunchtime, but as we headed out the wind picked up and blew it all away. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The whole school wet to the woods as part of our Well-being day. They spent the morning covering health, first read more
A cold fog had arrived by the time we were wrapped up warm and prepared for the woods, the children read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
The Impact of Forest School for the children is the knowledge the children have gained from the Forest School experience. read more
It was a gorgeous summers day as we set off as a whole school and parents to the woods. The read more
The clouds looked ominous, but Maple Class headed out in their wellies and waterproofs ready to adventure and look for read more
Willow had a fantastic time in the forest on Thursday and, except for a few spots of rain on the read more
As part of ‘The Great British Spring Clean’, Cherry class donned gloves and spread out in a long line to read more
In the morning, we had a go at using a saw to cut logs to make ‘ Dino Log Dogs’ read more
This week it was extremely windy, so we decided to adventure through the fields, rather than the woods. Maple Class read more
This week, it was Willow class' turn to go into the forest. With the promise of sunshine in the afternoon, read more
It started to rain as we set out, but we managed to have a great afternoon anyway! We talked about read more
The sun shone and we spotted spring crocuses with honey bees and talked about them finding nectar to make honey read more
It was a freezing day, but we wrapped up really warm, with hats and gloves and set off to look read more
The children have worked so hard this term and have performed brilliantly at both of their Nativity performances, that we read more
The sun shone and we talked about the difference in the weather from yesterday’s rain, when we got soaked walking read more
The Children loved explaining the walk to Forest School to Miss Hare and Miss Williams. They spent time noticing the read more
We walked to the woods in the Autumn sunshine and stopped to collect some wheat which the children found along read more