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Forest School at Alveston

Our school is a Forest School!

This means that we have spaces around the school site where children can learn outdoors, a special secured area which has been landscaped and planted and trained staff who can and will provide outdoor learning opportunities for all children as they progress through the school.

Forest School sessions will use the outdoor areas for learning through all seasons and all weathers.

Children have to wear appropriate clothing. We have waterproof dungarees for the children to wear (all ages). This allows us to ensure that lessons can take place all year round.

Activity Examples

There are so many activities, the list is endless. However, to give you an idea, here are a few examples:

Den building 

Picture making 

Bug hunting 


Fire building 

Mud faces 

Collecting and sorting

Imaginative investigations 

Story telling  

Tree / flower identification  

Treasure hunting 

Singing and music making  

Making jewellery 

Team building games 

Children at Forest School will:

Be taught to care, look after and respect the outdoor environment.

Be given opportunities to develop their confidence and self esteem and to challenge their own abilities.

Be given the opportunity to create and design their own curriculum and learning path, as well as building on the indoor curriculum and set learning paths.

Be praised for efforts and outcomes – regardless of ability, encouraging autonomy.

Learn about the importance of following and adhering to different rules and boundaries.

Work with, use and manipulate materials found in the natural environment.

Be taught to use tools in a safe and effective way.

Take ownership of the site, caring for, and learning to love, all aspects of the natural world.

Be provided with enjoyable and rewarding challenges.

Be encouraged to collaborate and persevere with tasks.