Forest School

What is 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.

The ‘Forest School’ will take place in our school grounds. This fantastic opportunity will help them to explore the outside world through a programme of fun and exciting outdoor activities, a sample of the activities on offer will include den building making items from natural materials, games, treasure hunts to name but a few.

Research has shown that Forest Schools can have a powerful effect on children’s confidence, self-esteem and independence as well as an increase in social and physical skills.


What We Do

At St Wilfrid’s Primary School, we run our own Forest School that is situated within the school grounds. We have a log circle complete with a fire pit where the majority of the teaching and learning takes place. The wide range of activities we offer are designed to develop the following:

Self Awareness


Good social communication skills


A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence


Forest School will go ahead in all weather (with the exception of heavy winds and thunder storms) so please ensure that your child(ren) is/are dressed accordingly.


Please send your child in the following when they have Forest School:

Warm clothing (lots of layers, including extra pairs or thick socks) - they will get muddy – we encourage it!!

Hat, scarf, gloves (we go out in all weather)

A water/shower proof coat

Wellies are ideal if not outdoor shoes or old trainers 

Long trousers


All our activities are fully risk assessed. Fire and tool work/activities are implemented by qualified Forest School Practitioners only.


We follow advice from the DfE and all photograph subjects have signed permission.

No, schools and local authorities are free to decide on their own policies relating to the use of such images or the release of associated information for their own publicity purposes. We do, however, advise that photographs and video images of pupils and staff are classed as personal data under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore using such images for school publicity purposes will require the consent of either the individual concerned or in the case of pupils, their legal guardians.