Slinfold CE Primary School and Pre-School

Caring for each other, learning from each other, achieving with each other…guided by God

Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in our very own woodland setting. This is an incredible space adjacent to the school that allows children to explore, appreciate and begin to understand the natural world around them. A range of learner-centred activities creates a community for being; a flow of deep learning is achieved as the children take on various tasks that build self-reliance. Forest School is a holistic approach that fosters resilient, independent and creative learners, and allows the children to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

​Colette Richmond, Forest School Level 1 Leader.

Benefits to children:

  • Develop self confidence and self esteem
  • Develop communication skills
  • Develop and use initiative
  • Solve problems
  • Co-operate with others  
  • Handle risk
  • Learn about the natural environment
  • Enjoy being outdoors and learning 


Activities will include:

  • Collecting and using natural resources
  • Learning about and identifying plants and wildlife
  • Building fires and shelters
  • Cooking and sharing food and drinks
  • Making environmental art
  • Finding out about the weather
  • Learning how to use tools correctly


What should children wear?

For Forest Schools sessions, please send your child to school with - 

  • Long trousers
  • Waterproof trousers -  these are excellent in cold, windy or wet weather
  • Long sleeved tops, sweat shirt, a fleece and a waterproof coat 
  • Wellies or walking boots 
  • Warm gloves and a warm hat - Winter 
  • Sunhat and Sun cream (already applied) - Summer
  • Water Bottle
  • Plastic bags for boots