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Forest School

Forest School is a child-led approach to learning that offers all children regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences and respectful interactions with each other and the natural environment.

At Watling Primary School, we prioritise education in, about and for the environment. We promote sustainability and educate our children in the role they play in protecting and preserving the environment for generations to come. We provide opportunities for our children to make connections with the natural world through inquiry, exploration and supported risk-taking.

The Forest School approach to learning is echoed in our Watling Way value Nurture … we nurture our bodies, minds, each other and our environment.

Forest School provides opportunities for our children to have creative experiences in the outdoor environment in a safe way.  Children learn how to take supported risks and use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. In addition to this, our Forest School sessions create endless opportunities for cross-curricular links with National Curriculum subjects such as Science, Maths, English, Geography, Art and Design Technology.

In Forest School, all participants are:

  • treated as equal, unique and valuable
  • seen as competent to explore & discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world