Forest School


Forest School History

Based on a Scandinavian idea, it involves children and young people working with a qualified Forest School Leader and their teacher on a frequent and regular basis throughout the year in a local woodland setting.”

“They follow their usual curriculum, but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence and language and communication skills. The Forest School leader works with the teacher to carry themes looked at in the classroom into the woodland. The Forest School sessions are not an 'add-on' but part of the children's learning experiences, part of their school week.”

From Forest School Shropshire

Forest School at William Reynolds Primary and Nursery School

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. We currently run Forest School sessions in the Foundation Stage led by a suitably trained member of staff. An area within the school grounds has been developed as our Forest School area. 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 Best Kind of Classroom’

by Ian MacMillan

This is the best kind of classroom,
It’s a journey through time and space,
From the smallest seed to the largest tree,
This is a forest and a learning place.
This is the best kind of classroom,
Where the seasons don’t happen in books.
Where the learning is watching and thinking and talking
And everyone looks.




Working Together

Noticing Nature

Learning New Skills