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Forest School

This term Cherry Class will need their Forest School Kits on a Friday afternoon.

Forest School aims to provide children with a supportive and inspirational opportunity to develop new skills and further their own learning and understanding in an outdoor environment.

Through hands on experiences children explore their physical capabilities. The use of tools enables them to understand how materials can be utilised whilst the practise of working in all weather conditions develops their resilience and problem solving skills.

Time is given for children to reflect on and respond to the world around them. Although this includes the sharing of facts such as plant names and uses, it aims to reach into, stimulate and invigorate children’s imaginations and natural curiosities. A stick is no longer ‘just’ a stick but the starting point for a magical adventure together.

The opportunity to fail is held with as much regard as the opportunity to succeed. The supportive group that is created to provide encouragement and words of wisdom demonstrates the linguistic and emotionally supportive ethos that Forest School aims to promote.  

Collaborative learning enables children to take on multiple roles. This may be linked to their own interests and ideas or to a new found skill that they are keen to share with others. Children’s emotional intelligence is strengthened and supported via the group and their own approach to given opportunities.

Built around children’s interests, questions and ideas, Forest School provides children with the skills to turn potential dangers into controlled risks, the time to turn problems into solutions and an appreciation of the world outside as an ever changing canvas of opportunity.

Laura Marsland-Hughes (Forest School Leader)

Forest School Kit.

Please ensure that your child has the following items for each session:

Waterproof/Warm trousers

Waterproof/Warm coat

Warm Hat

Waterproof boots or wellies


Thick socks

Warm jumper

If your child doesnt have suitable clothing they may not be able to take part


This half term...

This half term Cherry class have been having great fun down in the woods. However, Forest school is not just about being in the woods. It is about learning new skills and experiences in diferent environments. This includes using the field and the grounds of the school as well as the classroom. The selection of pictures below show just what Cherry class have been getting up to so far.

Last term


This half term Cherry Class have had lots of fun down in the woods and we have been very busy. We have looked at some lovoely stories. Made gifts for Wandering Spirit and even made our very own troll. We have created a theatre and used our trolls to put on a show and even made our very own crowns. Below are some picture of our adventures.


In Sycamore, we have been bury looking at our environment. We have been apple bobbing, we have created our own tree book. Each Child has a guardian tree and the book will have a sketch of their tree, a rubbing from their tree, a leaf from their tree and a little bit of a description of their tree. We have had such a lot of fun in the woods this half term and look forward to the next one.

Here are some pictures from our time in forest schools.

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