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Forest School


Bewley primary’s Forest School was set up in September 2018.

A Forest School is defined as ‘An outdoor education delivery model in which children visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as “an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment’. Wikipedia 2018

The Forest School was set up to achieve the following aims:


The Forest School area has its own mini-woodland for children to explore, a herb garden, mini-beast hotels, a wildflower meadow, den-building poles, a log circle seating area, a bird hide and feeders as well as a pond which is ideal for studying mini-beasts and life cycles.   This is addition to a greenhouse, planting equipment and many other resources to support all areas of the Curriculum.

All staff have received training on how to use the Forest School effectively in all areas of the Curriculum and most have been trained on the safe use of Fires. Ideas and suggestions for maximising the Forest School’s potential for learning are shared within school.  We also have a

‘Level 3 Forest School’ teacher in school every Wednesday who is available to support and advise teachers in delivering Forest School sessions.

Each class is allocated a weekly session to use the Forest School. It is the responsibility of the class teacher to decide which curriculum area they will cover in their sessions. Photos of learning are shared in school and are displayed in corridors and on Twitter.

There are thorough Risk Assessments in place to ensure the safety of both children and staff. These are regularly updated and it is the responsibility of the Class Teacher to check the area prior to using it adhering to the Risk Assessment. Any issues should be dealt with accordingly and reported to Forest School lead if necessary. First Aid kits and relevant medication must be taken out to the Forest School and it is expected that a minimum of 2 adults attend each Forest School session.

To use the area, children must dress accordingly and wear wellies or have a spare pair of shoes that they can change into. Suitable outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather must be worn.


Children at Bewley Primary School are confident and successful learners. They show improved communication and social skills able to work in groups and express their own ideas and thoughts whilst listening and valuing the thoughts of their peers. Leadership skills are developed and children are able to assign roles and negotiate in small groups.

Children display a positive attitude to learning and are motivated to learn in all areas of the Curriculum.

Children are aware of their natural environment and show improved knowledge and understanding in Science in relation to plants, animals and living things.  They are able to take risks and manage their own health and safety whilst living healthier lifestyles and developing physical skills.

Useful website links for parents to access:

The following websites have some great outdoor learning ideas that you can try at home:

Activities | Muddy Faces

Wild Activities — Wildlife Trust’s Forest School Project (

Forest School ideas | Learning through Landscapes (

11 DIY Forest School activities | TheSchoolRun

Bringing Forest School Home – The Outdoors Group