Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to develop confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees.
All of our pupils take part in Forest School at some point during the school year, as part of our curriculum. They participate in activities such as den-building, making clay trolls, and building and lighting campfires safely, which increase physical strength and dexterity. Using and playing with objects that naturally occur in the environment helps to develop gross and fine motor skills, alongside a general development of physical stamina.
Originally a concept developed in Denmark, children attending Forest Schools were found to have developed strong social skills and the ability to work in groups effectively, and generally had high self-esteem and confidence in their own capabilities. These attributes proved to be an effective foundation that raised academic achievements and Forest School is therefore an excellent way to support the National Curriculum and consolidate learning in the classroom.
We are proud to be an official FSA Forest School Provider:
Here are some pictures from our 2019 Forest School Summer School: