Forest School

Sybourn Primary Forest School

We have recently developed our very own Forest School here at Sybourn Primary School.

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process that focuses on reconnecting (or in some cases ‘connecting’) children with their local outdoor environment, giving them the space and freedom to discover, play, explore and learn within a natural, outdoor setting. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences outside of the classroom which can be achieved in our very own well equipped  Forest School setting. 

Why do we offer a Forest School provision?

Forest School can now be delivered alongside conventional education methods to provide children with the ability to transfer their skills they learn into everyday life.

Forest School is popular with children of all ages as well as helping to support those children with specific emotional and behavioural needs. Improved social skills, greater peer interaction, stronger relationships and better problem solving abilities are just some of the many benefits that can be gained through Forest School. 

Forest School sessions at Sybourn Primary School provide our pupils with increasingly diverse opportunities to benefit from a supportive curriculum that can help them build positive values and attitudes about themselves, about learning and the environment in which they live.

Our pupils are invited to participate in challenging and achievable tasks that build their confidence, skills and independence. This time and reflective practice develops inter- and intra-personal skills, which are well-documented as being directly linked to learning skills.

What does Forest School look like?

At Forest School, our pupils get to tackle a range of fun challenges and activities. Below are just some examples of what our children get up to in Forest School;

  1. Children are taught basic whittling skills by using potato peelers to whittle sticks to make into tent pegs.  With more experience over time, children will be taught to use different tools such as bushcraft knives.
  2. Children are taught to follow instructions carefully to keep themselves and their peers safe while doing higher risk activities. This is an important part of forest school learning.
  3. Children learn about the natural environment of the forest school area, providing plenty of opportunity to explore mini-beasts and their habitats.  All types of living things are encouraged in this area through compost making, mini-beast hotels, planting seeds, bulbs, berries and fruit trees.
  4. Children learn how to take care of the environment in a safe and sustainable way. 
  5. Children learn to use the Forest school as an interesting place to practice reading skills and to read for pleasure with friends!
  6. Children learn to use the outdoor area creatively by being free to choose and explore different natural resources e.g. making hanging mobiles from interesting leaves and flowers.  
  7. Children engage in outdoor cooking opportunities and learn the knowledge and skills of fire lighting and fire safety. Preparing food and eating together is a great way to introduce cooking skills and fosters a sense of camaraderie.  This helps to promote a healthy relationship with food and nature. 

No child can fail at Forest School; they all manage to take something positive from the experience.

If you would like to find out more information regarding our Forest School provision or would like to come for a visit and watch it in action, please contact us directly where we will be happy to assist you. Alternatively email us directly at