Forest School is an inspirational approach to educating children that develops an experience and knowledge of the natural world. Forest School takes place outdoors, in all weathers, throughout the year, in effect, in a “classroom without walls”!
Through lots of practical activities, which focus on risk-taking, creativity and teamwork, children grow in self-esteem and confidence, which in turn develops a firm foundation for other learning.
Forest School nurtures all learners by focusing on raising self-esteem, allowing them to take part and achieve in activities in their own way. Children experience freedom through creating their own adventures and having fun!
We are lucky at St Paul's, we have extensive grounds which include a large playing field, large playground, and outdoor learning areas. There is also a large outdoor area for the sole use of our Nursery and Reception class provision, these include a trim trail, outdoor classroom, bespoke Nursery Forest School and Reflection Garden. We also have an allotment area, with fruit tress and a polytunnel for the children to grow their own food, this even provides produce for our schools kitchen!
Throughout the school year, each class at St Pauls will experience a number of sessions that are cross-curricular in nature which aim to add depth and breadth to topics studied within the classroom.
To keep up to date with our Forest School activities you can go to our Facebook page - there is lots to see!