Forest Schools

Forest School is Suitable for Everyone

What is 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 uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
  • 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.

All children at Holden Clough Primary School take part in forest school sessions during the school year.


Aims of Forest School

  • To build self-confidence, self-esteem, self-regulation and independence skills
  • To raise awareness and appreciation of the natural environment

Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits. The cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review of children engaged in forest school activities links each session and provides children with the opportunity to learn from first hand experiences.


Who will lead  the forest school sessions at Holden Clough?

Mrs Trucca 
Forest School Co-ordinator and leader of EYFS forest school sessions (Level 3 Forest School Practitioner)

 Mrs Walker
Leader of KS2 Forest school sessions (Level 3 Forest School Practitioner)

Mrs Berry
Leader of KS1 forest school sessions (Currently training for level 3 forest school qualification)


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