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Forest School


What is Forest School?

Forest school was first developed as an approach to learning about the natural world and is now a feature in many schools across the country.
It is an approach to learning that involves regular sessions outdoors. It connects children with, and develops an appreciation of the outdoor environment. It offers challenging activities that enable children to take responsibility, manage risk, foster resilience and develop confidence in order to become independent and creative learners.

With our newly developed Forest School site, St Joseph’s School is an ideal environment for Forest School as it will enhance the existing opportunities for the children.

Forest Schools’ sessions at St Joseph’s:
Our school has two qualified Forest School Leaders who will continue to deliver and develop a programme of Forest Schools across the school.

The children will participate in a variety of activities including shelter and den building, fire lighting, tool use and playing in mud.

They sing songs, make music and play games. Although activities are planned, the children are able to choose and self-direct and develop their play in their own way.