Forest School

What is outdoor learning?

Working, Learning and Playing in the outdoors. Using nature and the woods to teach the importance of conservation and the part nature and the outdoors plays in wider life.

Offering opportunities to build Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Resilience. Outdoor learning provides the opportunity for the pupils to take risks in a safe and controlled environment.

Outdoor learning will:

  • Encourage exploration and discovery
  • Allow for experience of appropriate challenge and risk
  • Allow the participant to be in control of their own learning
  • Develop positive relationships with others
  • Help them learn about themselves
  • Develop a positive relationship with the natural world

Forest School Policy

The Curriculum


Fire Building

Nature Education

Explore Senses

Natural Materials Craft


Pioneering + Building Projects


Den Building

Mini Beasts


Working Together


Build Resilience

Self Confidence

What does it look like

Using the 23 acres at our disposal with a woodland camp and designated outdoor classroom.

A planned outdoor curriculum that crosses all core subjects. Through using the woods, land, wildlife and imaginative, creative and adventurous activities.


Woodland Code

Respect the environment, what we take into the woods we must take out with us
Never break anything off a living tree or plant as it still needs it, only collect items from the floor
Listen to the adults they will keep you safe
Never touch or taste anything until you know it’s safe
Fire is dangerous and needs to be treated with respect follow the adult’s instructions
Only use tools, saws and knives within the tool area and with an adult
If someone is being unsafe and not listening the group will wait and the staff will manage it
Have fun and enjoy the outdoors!

DfE No. 938/7003  Charity No. 1105085 Registered Office: Barns Green, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0NJ

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