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Broadlea Primary School

Forest School

Forest School Vision

To enable every pupil to have the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world. Increasing confidence, self-esteem and respect in preparation for an ever-changing world, and providing a holistic approach to learning through opportunities for challenge, risk-taking, and social development.

Forest School Aims

  • To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop their character, resilience, confidence and independence.
  • To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.
  • To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
  • To provide a learning environment that promotes mental and physical wellbeing.
  • To provide an environment that promotes spiritual awareness and creative thinking.
  • To provide ways of developing practical life skills in an outdoor environment.
  • To develop a positive disposition to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks.
  • To provide opportunities to develop team working skills.
  • To enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.
  • To help each child build self-control and interpersonal skills.

All year groups have Forest School timetabled as an essential part of their curriculum – Reception attend daily; Year 1 & 2 have a regular weekly session, however outdoor learning takes place daily; Year 3 & 4 attend weekly; and Year 5 & 6 attend fortnightly. Sessions are led by the Class Teachers and our qualified Forest School Leads: Mrs Ellen Nilsen-Grahame, Mrs Emma Trimmer (training 2020-21) and Miss Sarah Porter. 

Forest School/Outdoor Learning clothes should be kept in school all week for Reception & Year 1. Years 2-6 should keep their basic Forest School clothes in school all week for Outdoor Learning (Wellies and Waterproof) and bring their old trousers/fleece/warm clothing in on the correct day for Forest School. Children will learn in a variety of weathers and in all seasons; this is all part of the Forest School philosophy.