Forest School at Gorsemoor

The Forest School initiative defines Forest School as:

“…an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment”

“The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through outdoor experiences.  By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable activities in woodland environment, each participant has the opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation and sound emotional and social skills.  These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach their personal potential”

Forest School is a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning.  It can cover emotional and spiritual aspects of learning where self-esteem and self-confidence can grow and positive relationships with peers can be formed.  It applies an accelerated learning approach by involving the whole person, using physical activity, creativity, images and colour designed to get children deeply involved in their own learning.

At Gorsemoor we have embraced this approach to outdoor learning which encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, make sensible choices and initiate learning for themselves.  

Just one of our ideal wooded settings!

Year 6 pupils enjoying their time outdoors. 2017

Over the course of the last few years, both Miss Morgan and Miss Webb underwent training to become qualified Forest School practitioners.  Forest School is taught in groups of no more than 12 children, allowing for low staff to pupil ratios and pupils to work closely with staff members. Trial groups from Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their time in the woodland areas at Gorsemoor. Initially, Forest School lessons were taught in Year 3, then Nursery pupils were involved. Below you can see the Year 6 of 2016/2017. Currently there are no timetabled sessions available.

Forest Schools explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, fun and interesting activities all year round.  At Gorsemoor we embrace the outdoors and, aside from extremely heavy rain, storms or high winds, children participate in Forest Schools whatever the weather!  Most importantly, the child’s interest will always be at the heart of any activity.

Photogallery below

Letter sent to invited pupils