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We are very fortunate to have beautiful grounds at school, which the children can explore.  We have a member of staff, Miss Maaskant, who is in her final stages of completing her Forest School Qualification.

Forest school aims to engage and inspire children to learn in the outdoor area.  It aims to nurture self-esteem whilst also teaching resilience and risk taking.  At Forest School we gather, forage, build dens, climb, identify plants and wildlife, create, use tools, create art, cook over a camp fire the list is endless.

Every class has the opportunity to participate in Forest School and the children experience the woodland area in all weathers, providing it is safe to do so.  Children will need suitable waterproof and warm clothing to enable them to fully enjoy the Forest School expereince.

The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, they promote and support best practice, cohesion and 'quality Forest School for All'.  When planning a Forest School session our Leader will follow the six guiding principles of Forest school as set out by the Forest School Association.

Principle 1 - Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit.  Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

Principle 2 - Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natual world.

Principle 3 - Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Principle 4 - Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Priniciple 5 - Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Principle 6 - Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.

If you wish to find out more about the Forest School Association please click on their logo below.