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. Forest Schools have demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis. Through play, children 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.

Forest School programmes run throughout the year using the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.


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What We Do

At Abbeyfields First School, we run our own Forest School. Situated within the school grounds, our Forest School has full access to the surrounding acres of natural woodland. Our site is teaming with wildlife, including resident badgers, foxes, deer, red squirrels, rabbits, bats, owls and many species of rare native birds. We have two log circles complete with fire pits where the majority of the teaching and learning takes place. We offer to all our students a progressive yearly course that spans all seasons. The wide range of activities we offer are designed to develop the following:

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

All our activities are fully risk assessed and implemented by qualified Forest School Practitioners in accordance with The Department For Education.

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