Forest School


Our Ethos


Forest Schools has been developing throughout England for many years. Theorists such as Montessori, Froebel and McMillan have all advocated the benefits of learning in the natural environment and insisted that children need to play to experience space, movement and sensory stimulation for healthy development. The forest schools experience promotes sensory child-led outdoor learning, encouraging and stimulating curiosity and absorption. St Matthew’s CE (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre will work hard to encourage and support children who attend the forest school sessions and we will provide opportunities for children to access the curriculum fully and give varied opportunities to enhance their skills in a positive way to allow success.


About Forest School

Forest School is an inspiring learning opportunity that provides children with the opportunity to learn about the natural world and participate in a variety of outdoor activities.

‘Every child should have regular access to inspirational and challenging outdoor learning, where they can enjoy first hand experience of their cultural heritage and natural environment, as part of a full complete child’

There are a range of activities children can take part in such as mini beast hunts, wildlife identification, shelter building, woodland arts and crafts, tool use and cooking on a fire. Originally a Scandinavian idea children and adults can benefit  in a range of ways emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually. It provides freedom to enjoy the natural world within a safe and secure environment.


Children who participate in Forest Schools will:

  • Have better co-operation communication skills and social skills
  • Have improved motivation and concentration
  • Have increased confidence and self esteem
  • Learn a variety of outdoor skills including the use of tools and fire lighting.

  • Develop the skills outlined in the school CRAFT


What St Matthew’s CE (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre will offer:

St Matthew’s CE (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre will offer activities that are tailored to groups and individual needs.  Some of these sessions will be delivered as part of an intervention group or as a whole class. The sessions will run for half a day for 6 consecutive weeks over a half term A qualified Forest Schools Leader will run these sessions.  If you require any further information please contact Miss Cartwright. 



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