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Criftins Church of England Primary School

Forest School

Forest School sessions take place in the outdoor environment and are seen as a way of getting children outdoors and in touch with nature.  Forest School is held over a long period of time and is about child-centred  learning and engagement with the natural world.  It focuses on children being guided by their own curiosity rather than completing tasks set by the teacher.  They learn through play and discovery, collaboration and risk taking eg. fire lighting and using knives.


There are elements of the curriculum that are well suited to be covered in Forest School such as habitats, weather, structures, plant and tree identification, life cycle of plants.  Forest School also gives the children a wonderful opportunity to use spoken language and their imagination using natural materials.

What happens in Forest School

Forest School has been offered to the children at Criftins School since 2014 with Mrs Phillips who is the Forest School lead. Children from Reception up to Year 6 have a weekly session in the Forest School site which is at the far end of the school field. Whatever the weather we go outside to have fun. Fun includes such things as den building, fire lighting, playing in the mud kitchen, learning to use tools etc.