Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment with trees.  Forest school is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

We offer all our students regular opportunities to achieve and develop through our Forest school programmes.  EYFS and Yr 1 pupils participate in weekly sessions throughout the year (whatever the weather!). Yr 2-6 undertake a programme of at least eight weeks.  Confidence and self-esteem is built through hands-on learning experiences in our beautiful woodland and pond environment. Our purpose is to create a safe , nurturing environment where a child’s emotional and physical needs are our priority.

Our Aim
We aim to develop children holistically in our natural woodland environment using open questioning as a stimuli to support individual learning and personal growth.  At Tunstead school we believe that all children deserve high quality interactions, we are committed to excellent adult:child ratios. The sessions are run by Mrs Vicky Payne, who is a qualified level 3 Forest School Practitioner. A  group of parent volunteers and teaching assistants also give guidance.

All participants are viewed as:

  • Equal, unique and valuable
  • Entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with the natural world
  • Entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • Entitled to choose, initiate and drive their own learning and development

Students develop skills whilst increasing their knowledge and understanding of the world, encouraging respect for their environment.

Activities include:

  • Fires and fire lighting
  • Campfire cooking
  • Shelter building
  • Tool use and natural crafts
  • Environmental studies
  • Team building games
  • Species identification
  • Mudpie kitchen
  • Storytelling and drama
  • Knots and rope climbing

Year 6 Forest School Sessions

Oak Class Autumnal Activities