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Forest School

Originating from Scandinavia in the 1950s, Forest School increases children’s understanding of, and appreciation for, the outdoors in a play-based environment. It forms an integral part of our curriculum, as we’ve found real experiences help make learning more purposeful and meaningful.

Forest School is a child-led, outdoor play program that is based on the belief that children learn best by doing. It’s all about making the most of the natural environment to create opportunities for children to develop and grow in self-confidence and independence.

Forest School gives children the chance to learn through play and exploring, encourage them to make choices, develop problem solving skills and develop their imagination. It also helps them to become more resilient by developing new skills such as balancing on logs or climbing trees!

The sessions are run throughout the nursery school day. Your child will be taught how to stay safe outdoors using games, songs and stories. The main aim is for your child to enjoy themselves whilst learning new skills at their own pace.

Forest School supports children to:

  • Develop an appreciation of nature and all living things
  • Make independent choices
  • Assess their own risks
  • Work as part of a team
  • Inquisitively question the world around them
  • Build their problem-solving skills
  • Adopt a positive attitude to learning

We find our own slice of nature within the capital by taking fortnightly trips to Wimbledon Common and Holland Park. Activities include understanding signs of seasonal changes, observing wildlife and insects, and learning how to use real tools safely.

Forest School is designed to allow children the opportunity to ‘give things a go’, and so we offer consistent encouragement and praise to create a positive experience.