Stanford 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
Page Updated 30.01.17

Forest School


The Forest School Ethos

Forest School is a unique educational experience and process that offers Foundation 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

Wiggly Worms Week 2:
Another fun filled session was had - the theme for the morning was about "Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs" during the morning some children managed to capture a net full of dinosaurs during role play !

Fairy fires were created and the delights on the children's faces were magical.

Some children made bow and arrows during the morning.



Wiggly Worms week 1:
A glorious but rather a crisp cold start to our first Forest School session.

During the morning we discussed fire safety and all the children demonstrated good listening skills when having to repeat safety instructions back to the adults and their friends.

With this understanding some children had the opportunity to use the fire steel to start their own "fairy fires" - Some children even managed a spark !

Children enjoyed climbing trees for the first time and became confident with jumping off branches!

Everyone had a busy morning trying out new experiences. We even used binoculars to spot birds in our school grounds as part of RSPB'S Big Schools Birdwatch and spotted 2 robins and 3 chaffinch's. During our "Reflective Feedback" with the "talking stick" all members expressed what a fun morning they had - and are looking forward to next Friday!