‘Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees’.(Forest School Association)
At Burford Primary School, through our Forest School sessions, we hope to encourage independent, enthusiastic and creative learners, who develop holistically through a well-planned and interesting child centred approach.
What is Forest School?
Forest School takes place in woodland or natural wooded environment, currently at woodland in Filkins, managed by the Ernest Cook Educational Trust, and is used by the whole school. The Forest School principles and how they link to our setting are as follows:
- Forest School is a long term process of frequent and regular sessions – we aim for children across the school to visit in blocks of six to eight weeks throughout the academic year.
- Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are all integral parts of the Forest School process.
- We aim to promote the holistic development in all of those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- We offer learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and themselves.
- We use a range of learner centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
- It is managed by a qualified Forest School Practitioner; Teresa Lock, our Early Years’ Teacher, is currently the school’s Level 3 Forest School Leader.
The Forest School Principles and other information can be located at: