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Forest School

  • Uses the outdoor environment to help all children learn.
  • Encourages children to develop independence and to work as part of a team, improves language and decision making and raises their self-esteem through small achievable tasks.
  • Sessions are child-led to accommodate different learning styles and the adult’s role is facilitative.
  • Sessions led by one of three trained Forest School Leaders – Miss Keating, Mrs Perks and Miss Sambell.

Examples of Curriculum Links:

  • Physical Development – Children are outside walking and running, climbing and hanging from branches, carrying branches and digging.
  • Creative Development - Making their own equipment and choosing activities using their own initiative and resources.
  • Maths – Find something that is longer than 20cms, lighter than100g etc.
  • Literacy – Language development e.g. “This mud is squelchy”.
  • Science – Investigating and mixing materials – mud soup!  Identifying flora and fauna in its natural environment.


  • Children will always need:
  • Woolly hat or sun hat
  • Jacket / waterproof coat
  • Long sleeved top e.g. fleece or sweatshirt
  • Long trousers
  • Change of footwear, ideally wellies

In winter they will need extra layers and gloves

We go out in all weathers apart from thunder and lightening so that children experience the extremities of the great British weather.

Clothing may be left at school for the Enrichment 3 week block.

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