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What We Do at Forest School

At Forest School, the children take part in a range of activities, such as, den building, obstacle courses, tug-o-war, group games, circle time, cooking, climbing, digging, scavenger hunts, using tools & whittling, building shelters, tying knots, arts & crafts and much more!



Forest School provides activities that any child can take part in, no matter age or ability. Physical activity at Forest School helps children to improve on their vestibular and proprioceptive skills, helping children to feel calmer, focused and regulated. It has been proven to release endorphins (the feel-good hormone) and also helps to give a sense of community and belonging. Studies have shown that physical activity with regular exposure to nature and good social connections are key elements to a good sense of well-being.


Regular sessions with supportive adults give children the opportunity to...

  • Connect
  • Discover
  • Create
  • Co-operate
  • Develop confidence & self-esteem
  • Build strength & resilience
  • Be mindful
  • Care for our environment!




Forest School Principles

There are 6 key Forest School principals which are essential to maintain good practice. They are as follows:


Principle 1: Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.


Principle 2: Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.


Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners


Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.


Principle 5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.


Principle 6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning


What to wear to Forest School

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