What is a Forest School?

DSC_0805Forest School are usually developed within a primary school’s own grounds/gardens/playing fields and allows the children to become comfortable with an outdoor approach to education and play whilst in familiar surroundings.

Allowing relationships based around trust and self-exploration to develop with the Forest School Leaders who start to facilitate a more child led outdoor curriculum when the group are ready they familiarise themselves with the route to the wood either on foot or by bus. The group then have their introductory sessions in the woodland exploring the site establishing physical and behavioural boundaries. Safety procedures, hygiene and routines.

Children and young people are stimulated by the outdoors and typically experience, over time, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.

Once a group are established in the woodland and routines are set up the project develops through a child led approach with opportunities for projects being taken back to the indoor setting to be continued.


Forest School at Hayes Primary

Despite the dreadful weather conditions on Saturday 21st November, lots of helpful parents turned up at school to help develop our brand new Forest School.

It was hard work but with everyone's enthusiasm and determination we now have the beginnings of what looks to be a fantastic forest school site complete with a digging area, base camp and a wishing tree.

Thank you again to everyone that turned up to help, we wouldn't have been able to do it without your support. Go Hayes Primary School.

Miss Hook