St John's Catholic Primary School Bridgnorth @StJohns1856

Forest School

EYFS & Y1 take part in weekly Fun in the Forest sessions & Y6- Y2 participate in Forest school in a half term block during the school year with Mrs Burn, who is our trained Forest Schools Leader. Forest School is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn outdoors. It helps build children’s independence, confidence and self-esteem and develops a positive attitude towards learning. Children love exploring and experiencing the natural world for themselves and because Forest School learning is child-directed, the scope of activities is enormous.

Typical activities include:

  • Shelter building
  • Fire building and lighting
  • Puddle and mud jumping
  • Campfire cooking
  • Tree climbing
  • Woodwork
  • Nature art
  • Foraging
  • Mini beast hunts
  • Sensory walks
  • Games such as hide and seek

There are enormous benefits to the children’s learning and development through Forest School including:

  • Physical health
  • Social skills
  • Team-building skills
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Motivation and concentration
  • Improved behaviour
  • Risk awareness and self-management
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Improved connection with and respect for their environment