Outdoor Environment

St. James’ Forest School is all about getting outside to explore and learn. Exciting and different there’s something for everyone, of all ages.

“The pupils gain spiritually and socially through their outdoor and creative curriculum experiences.” Anglican Schools Inspections November 2009

Children use tools, build shelters, go on bug hunts, investigate trees, build fires, listen to birds, create art . . .

Activities are child centered and child led whilst natural resources stimulate the senses, imagination and creativity. Sessions have structure with learning objectives, based on the Foundation Stage or National Curriculum, but leaving plenty of room for personalised learning.

High adult to child ratios and detailed risk assessments mean the children are learning and exploring in a safe environment.
Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The children go out in all weathers, all year round, exploring and learning from the seasons and environment changes. This means children will, at times, get wet and muddy. To take full advantage of the opportunities at St. James’ Forest School your child will need to bring in the following, which will stay in school for the 6/7 week sessions:

• Full change of warm clothes that can get muddy including long sleeves to prevent scratches etc.
• Wellies or stout shoes/trainers that can get wet/muddy.
• Waterproof coat.
• A small towel.
• Sun cream in summer (look on the bright side!)
• a bag with your child’s name on.