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What is Forest School?


Forest School is a system of learning in an outdoor classroom – usually a woodland – through a range of practical skills and achievable tasks which build confidence, self-esteem and independence. Weekly sessions with the same group of children take place over a 6 – 10 week period. Developed in Sweden in the 1950’s, Forest School is an intrinsic part of the education system in Denmark and is growing in popularity across the UK.


What do you do at Forest School?

  • Explore the natural world.
  • Use tools to make things.
  • Shelter building.
  • Fire lighting.
  • Campfire cooking.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Storytelling.
  • Music making.
  • Learning through ‘risky’ play.

What our parents think of Forest Schools


What do you feel your child has learned/gained from their Forest School experience?

  • Confidence and Independence
  • He has learned to tie a knot! He talks about his experience a lot
  • After each session he has been so animated in talking about his activity, he has gained lots of skills and loved using tools
  • His confidence has rocketed and he plays better with others
  • Lots of opportunities to gain confidence through outside play/adventure
  • Come out of himself more, he has gained a lot
  • His confidence at home and at school has improved dramatically since he started Forest School
  • He has absolutely loved his experience and has always come home excited about what he has achieved


What has your child enjoyed about Forest School?

  • Enjoyed zipwire and everything
  • He enjoyed doing the gutters and mud kitchen
  • Everything, he loves being outside and enjoyed learning new skills
  • Mud kitchen, food/drinks, fire, sawing
  • Most of it but mostly getting wet and being allowed to do it
  • Sawing and drilling necklaces
  • Toasting on the fire
  • He has enjoyed all of it. He has spoken in great detail about each week, about all of the activities
  • He has thoroughly enjoyed himself, building fires and being outdoors
  • Making food on the fire
  • Making fires, being outdoors and learning
  • Every bit of it regardless of weather. He didn’t want it to end; a great opportunity that I would love for him to repeat


Please comment on any differences in your child’s confidence or approach to learning that you have noticed during the Forest School project:

  • Seems more confident
  • He is more willing to do things on his own
  • He had lost his confidence completely when he started year one and Forest School has brought it back. He’s so much happier again.
  • Confidence in playing with other children and independent play
  • Come out of himself more and will try new things
  • He talks to people that he hasn’t met, interacts much better with everyone. Stood in front of the whole school yesterday and spoke lines.
  • He is willing to work together and help out more and he is listening and concentrating much more.
  • Trying new and different things without thinking too hard
  • He has gained better listening skills and enjoyed expressing his creativity. Building different friendship circles.


What would you say to the parents of next years Year 1/2 children if they asked for your views about this year’s project?

  • Really good experience for children, helps with their learning and will enjoy it
  • They will love it!
  • To definitely do it – He has loved every minute
  • Excellent opportunities for outside play and adventure in safe, structured environment
  • It was good and my son enjoyed it very much
  • Do it!
  • It’s 100% worth your child taking part, I couldn’t recommend it any more
  • May it continue and give others the chance to have an amazing experience
  • Definitely take your child, you will discover a new child
  • It is worth the effort to take/pick up on a Thursday
  • Best thing for your children to do – they will love it


Any further comments.

  • Brilliant experience, He has loved it
  • Massive thank-you to you all for bringing my son out of his shell
  • Thank-you for this opportunity
  • Do it again next year!


The Christmas story in the roundhouse 2023!

Our retelling of the round house - we do not own the rights to the music but have paid for the right to perform it!

The Zip-lines are back !

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More week 1 fun

WOW what a great start to Forest Schools 2022!!

Week 7 

Wow what a final week a lovely story telling Session in the stable (Round house). Playing, certificates and CHOCOLATE BROWNIE! Thank you Grace and team for a brilliant time.


Please turn the sound right up to hear the reading in the story telling they really did brilliantly well worth a watch!

The Christmas Story told from the stable

Week 6 

Walk to the lake 

Having a paddle 

Throwing stones 

Den building 

Fire striking 

Singing silly songs 

Toasting malt loaf


Week 5

  • Walk to the round house 
  • Looking at the pond 
  • Inside the round house 
  • Seeing the sword 
  • Walking back 
  • Using saws 
  • Using hand drills 
  • Making popcorn 
  • Playing in the woods 

Week 4 

Walking and exploring 

Willow cutting 

Zip line making 

Toasting  stick peeling 

Hoop making 

Target making and throwing 

Drum kit making 

And Marshmallow toasting !!!!! 




Week 3

  • Ziplines
  • Den building
  • Frog jumping 
  • Log collecting
  • Fire
  • Stick whittling
  • Bread toasting 
  • zombies 
  • And finding some really wild wildlife 

Week 2 

The weather held off and we had another great day 

Zip line making 

Stickman making 

Flag marking

Fabric making 

Musical instruments and mud kitchen exploring 

and more shelter building and bug hunting



And we are back .....

Forest schools 2021 

We Are really pleased to be back in the forest

First session 

  • Meeting the team
  • Seeing the woods 
  • Learning about using the hazard flags 
  • Bug hunting 
  • Having fun !