St Nicholas Church of England Infant School

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From September 2023 we will be a through Primary school.

Forest School

What is Forest School?


Forest School is a holistic approach which allows children to achieve following a process which is individually tailored to their needs.  Children attending our Forest School are viewed as unique and valuable individuals who are entitled to choose and to initiate and drive their own learning.  The Forest School experience allows them to feel competent to explore, discover and be challenged.  They are able to take appropriate risks and experience regular success; all the while developing strong and positive relationships with themselves, others and the natural world.

The approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every session with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does follow an ethos and share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.


Forest School Ethos

Forest School is an inspirational process, which offers learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in our environment with trees.


Forest School Principles


  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • FS takes place in a  natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the child and the natural world.
  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • FS promotes the child's spiritual development and allows the space and time to question and think.
  • What do children need?
  • Wellies (named please)

    Appropriate seasonal clothing

    To be allowed to not stay immaculate.