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Forest School

Forest School is a way of incorporating outdoor learning experiences for our children into their normal school life; children spend sessions in an area of woodland that is natural, safe and accessible, working to their usual curriculum but in an outdoor exciting setting. We are very fortunate to be able to visit a local forest in Leicestershire. We join the teachers at the Ernst Cook Trust to enjoy Forest School activities at their Little Dalby site in Leicestershire.

Forest School allows the children:

  • The time and space to explore and learn at their own pace
  • To develop a relationship with their outdoor environment through frequent and regular experiences throughout the year
  • To use their own inherent individual style of learning
  • To develop their own self-esteem and confidence
  • To work as part of a team


Forest School offers children:

  • Opportunities to make their own assessment of risk
  • Opportunities to develop thinking, speaking and problem solving
  • Opportunities to build on their innate motivation and positive attitude to learning
  • Opportunities to help them understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment