What is Forest School?

At Telscombe Cliffs 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 which enables children to initiate their learning and develop life-long learning skills. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that will complement the wider provision of outdoor learning at our school. We believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and development. Children are intensely curious and should be given the opportunity to explore the world around them. We aim to inspire a fascination and curiosity about the world in which our children live in.


Principles & aims


Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School. 
Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners. 
Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. Opportunities are designed to build on an individual’s innate motivation, positive attitudes and interests.
Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning where play and choice are an integral part of each session.


Activities might include: 

Shelter building
Fire lighting
Using tools
Studying wildlife
Playing team & group games
Sensory activities
Tracking games
Cooking on an open fire & using a kettle
Rope and string work
Art and sculpture work
Woodland and traditional craft
Developing stories and drama, and meeting imaginary characters
Physical movement activities