Forest School

Forest Schools is a long term programme run by specially trained professionals designed to build children's confidence, self-esteem and independence skills.  


Like the foundation stage, Forest School is child led, so although there is always a plan and a theme for each session, the outcome for each child is dependent on them, their interests, needs and confidence levels.


Each session always starts with some games, includes a story linked to the session theme, teaches a new skill, builds on previously learned skills and has lots of time for the children to be creative. There are no obvious time limits, the session flows naturally and is very active.  Children may choose to work in different ways - on their own, with a partner or in a small group.


Examples of the types of structures activities the children might do are: 

  • producing maps
  • learning about lashing and knots
  • shelter building
  • natural weaving 
  • natural art
  • story telling
  • safe tool use
  • tree recognition
  • animal tracks
  • games to build skills and self-esteem
  • cooking on an open fire


Children need to wear clothes that you do not mind getting muddy. Depending on the weather, your child will also need a scarf, gloves and a hat. We ask parents to bring in a pair of wellies for children to wear in Forest School and we provide waterproof overalls on particularly wet days. In warmer weather, please ensure children have trainers, sun cream and a sunhat. 

Nursery tours for prospective parents for September 2022 admissions now open!