Forest School

The Forest School approach is an inspirational approach to supporting children’s natural and holistic development and learning. Taking risks is a natural part of children’s learning, development and play, a child’s ability to take risks and manage their own safety is an important aspect of their development and an essential life skill for now and later on.

The Forest School approach provides children with the opportunity to encounter risks in a real life situation, in order to support each child’s progression in developing appropriate risk taking behaviors and enabling them to challenge their own abilities.

We are proud to be able to offer children the opportunity to participate in Forest School sessions. Our Forest School sessions are run by a qualified and experienced Forest School leader, comprehensive risk-assessments are also carried out in order to ensure the safety of our Forest School site and all activities offered to the children. This allows the children to become truly immersed in the Forest School approach, and to take risks in a safe and secure environment.


What your child will be getting up to:

September – October: Introduction to the Forest School site

November – December: Building dens and exploring

January – February: Fire lighting and cooking

March – April: Identification

May – June: Learning to use tools

July: A bit of everything


The Forest School rules:

  • Do not pick anything growing
  • Do not put anything in your mouth
  • Stay within the boundaries of Forest school
  • Keep sticks low
  • If climbing trees tell an adult
  • Take care not to disturb animals and insects natural habitats

What your child will need:

Clothing

We ask all of our children (and adults) to wear long sleeved tops and full-length trousers whatever the weather.

  • Cold/Wet: Layers, layers and more layers (if we get too hot we can always take a layer off); hats, gloves and scarfs; we provide waterproof suits for all children.
  • Hot/Sunny: Light, long-sleeved cotton tops; light, full-length trousers; sun hats and sun cream.

Footwear

Wellies (although they can be a little chilly in winter so some thick socks too) or sturdy walking boots

Important note 

We have also been known to occasionally get a little bit muddy (or a lot) so please bear this in mind when dressing your child. The children are provided with full waterproof suits during each session.


 If you have any questions or would like more information on our Forest School please contact Charlotte our Forest School Leader on 01252 871995