Forest School has six key principles which ensure this approach is shared and used appropriately. These have been agreed by the Forest School community and are shared across the Forest School Association network of trainers.

  • It is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review.
  • It  takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • It uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • It aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • It offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • It is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Our curriculum builds in regular and sustained Forest School sessions for all children at the school.  The activities support learning in other areas of our curriculum.