Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves.

We see Forest School as a major factor in enriching and broadening the children’s holistic development. Through Forest School we raise self-esteem, encourage self-discovery and instil in our children a sense of awe and wonder of the world around them. As they play, we give our children the opportunity to lead and be responsible for their own learning, allowing them to learn skills for themselves which have a purpose in their everyday life. Adults do not complete tasks for them; the children are allowed to make mistakes and discover their own way of solving a problem – often in a more creative way than an adult could teach them. Failure teaches more than immediate success. They learn to risk assess for themselves, favouring the benefits over the risks. As the children go on a journey of discovery, so do the adults around them as they observe and encourage the children and as a consequence, often learn something new for themselves.

Spirituality is developed as the children look closely at the world around them and how to take care of it and to see that our actions have consequences which can have long lasting effects. They learn the importance of taking care of each other and working with others to achieve their goals.

Forest School has become an integral part of our commitment to providing the best early educational experiences possible for our wonderfully enthusiastic and talented early years’ children

Chopping Wood

There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature

Maria Montessori
Forest School is inclusive. No child is excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability. Currently, Forest School is run for children in Reception class and Year One. Integration from our Language Unit takes place with support from a member of Language Unit staff.

Forest School is organised and run by an experienced, fully qualified Forest School Leaders. They are supported in sessions by school staff to ensure high adult: child ratios. Parents/Carers are welcome to join sessions by booking with the school in advance. Visitors from other schools and settings are also welcome when they book in advance.

Pond dipping

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them

Leo F. Buscaglia

Bug Hunting