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Stanford in the vale CE Primary SchoolStanford in the vale CE Primary School
High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Siams Outstanding and Ofsted Good Provider
Siams Outstanding and Ofsted Good Provider
Page Updated 09.11.21

Forest School

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The Forest School Ethos

Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self- esteem through hands - on learning experiences in a woodland environment.

Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities throughout the year and in almost all weathers. Children will work with tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self- esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.

The Forest School concept originates in Denmark, aimed at pre-school children, where it was found that children who had attended forest school then arrived at school with strong social and communication skills, having the ability to work in groups effectively, generally has high self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. These foundations helped children raise their academic achievements.

A Forest School encourages children to:
  • Develop personal and social skills
  • Work through practical problems and challenges
  • Use tools to create, build or manage
  • Discover how they learn best
  • Pursue knowledge that interests them
  • Learn how to manage failures
  • Build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk
  • Develop practical skills
  • Understand the benefits of a balanced and healthy lifestyle
  • Explore connections between humans, wildlife and the earth
  • Regularly experience achievement and success
  • Reflect on learning and experiences
  • Develop their language and communication skills
  • Improve physical motor skills
  • Become more motivated
  • Improve their concentration skills

November 2021:

Year 1 Forest School :

We spent a fun afternoon making red leaf poppies to add to the tree stumps. The mud kitchen was very busy this afternoon making mud cakes. Lots of imaginary play and lovely team work was had today.

Everyone agreed whilst using the talking stick we all had the best time playing and working together.


On Friday 5th November one group had there first session of Forest School. We had to listen to lots of new instructions and learn new boundaries. It's safe to say it was a great success and everyone enjoyed there time spent in our outdoor learning environment. We used the "Talking Stick" to reflect what we had enjoyed and it was really lovely to hear all the children's feedback and even the adults who came to help.

From a shopping list to making play dough at Forest School - this was a first time experience for many and enjoyed by all! We shall be doing this again - as many children decided whilst talking with the"talking stick" they would like to create a "science section" within the outdoor learning area.

October 2021: