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What is a Forest School?

A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.



By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each child has an opportunity to develop motivation, emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.

Our Forest School, based on the Carlton site, aims to demonstrate success by visiting the same locality on a regular basis and through play, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.  Our Forest School programme will run throughout the year, going into the school grounds in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.

Forest School will aim to develop:

  •     Self Awareness
  •     Self Regulation
  •     Intrinsic motivation
  •     Empathy
  •     Good social communication skills
  •     Independence
  •     A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence

Forest School creates a unique learning vehicle to utilise our local open space for interactive play, health, recreation and personal development.


 Children need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships. This time and reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.


To find out more about what is happening in our Forest School, on our confederated day, visit our Forest School Notice Board in School.

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