Forest School

We are so lucky to have a forest school on our school grounds that is well maintained and continually available throughout the year. Children in all year groups are able to access forest school during playtimes, lunchtimes, some lessons and after school clubs. This is a lovely resource that we are very proud of.

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Forest Research (2021) conducted a research project which suggested that Forest Schools make a difference to children in the following ways:

  • Confidence: children had the freedom, time and space to learn and demonstrate independence

  • Social skills: children gained increased awareness of the consequences of their actions on peers through team activities such as sharing tools and participating in play

  • Communication: language development was prompted by the children’s sensory experiences

  • Motivation: the woodland tended to fascinate the children and they developed a keenness to participate and the ability to concentrate over longer periods of time

  • Physical skills: these improvements were characterised by the development of physical stamina and gross and fine motor skills

  • Knowledge and understanding: the children developed an interest in the natural surroundings and respect for the environment