Forest School

Forest School

“The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out – and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going to protect the natural world unless they understand it.” — Sir David Attenborough

At Long Close School, we offer a rare opportunity for the children to be immersed in weekly Forest School sessions. Forest School is an inspirational process that connects children with nature and develops confidence, resilience and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences.

Early Years children enjoy weekly Forest School sessions where they gain a real appreciation of nature, come rain or shine (there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing) the children spend about two hours per week, all year round, visiting our Forest School site with our dedicated Forest School Leader and First Aider, Mrs Brindley.

Our Forest School Aims are

Create an outdoor focused community where children are confident, happy, free-thinking and valued

Present children with opportunities to use a range of tools as well as create and manage their own projects

Facilitate child-led activities across a variety of seasons where children will experience risks and challenges

Principles of Forest School

When they are ready, the children begin to learn skills in tools, knots and fire. Food Technology and Design Technology are a huge part of Forest School learning. Tool skills and learning how to build a fire, then to cook on it, before extinguishing it safely, are part of the learning journey. Physical development is also a key area, the children learn to negotiate uneven terrain in dry, icy, wet and muddy weather.


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 links each session

Forest school takes place in a woodland setting which children cannot access during break times; this supports 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 being, 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

Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice


Book a visit to view our purpose-built Early Years setting and Forest School classroom. BOOK HERE.

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