Forest School

Life is an adventure and forest school provides a chance for our children to explore the wonders of life in a wonderful and unique outdoor setting. It allows them to discover themselves and the world by managing risks and learning social and life-long skills.

This form of exploration, discovery and challenge brings out the best in all of us! Forest schools Education is flexible enough to constantly adapt and respond to the moods, interests and needs of the pupils in order to maximise pupil engagement and success. It allows all children to develop in a positive way, some with marked changes in behaviour, communication skills and increased desire to interact with parents and peers. Children become more adventurous and are keen to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding further. 

Children visit Ashenbank Wood regularly to explore and learn about the woodland environment and develop speech, motor skills and numeracy.

Outdoor Adventure is an opportunity open to all junior children and involves regular visits to the wood to accelerate numeracy and literacy on an individual basis.  Various activities take place linked to topic work and developing physical skills, such as recreating the farms of Boggis, Bunce and Bean when the children were learning about Roald Dahl.

Some of the expected outcomes of our Forest School include:

  • Increased self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, empathy and social skills including self-confidence and self-worth, resilience and respectfulness
  • Rooted compassion towards self, others and the environment
  • Development of the capacity to know how to learn, the resources to learn effectively, the ability to set goals, and be motivated to achieve them.
  • Development of the desire to be excellent, to strive for the potential of learning and self-fulfilment and happiness
  • Knowledge of self and how to function successfully in the family, educational world, community, society and the world
  • The development of a positive environmental identity & responsibility