Forest School

At Broad Oak, Forest School sessions run every Friday afternoon throughout the year, one year group at a time. Each Year Group (excluding Reception) enjoy a 6 week block of sessions during one term.

Sessions are led by Mrs Rofe (qualified Forest School Leader and Outdoor First Aider), supported by Mrs Barnes. Parent Volunteers are encouraged to join us.

Sessions are delivered in our field, opposite the school on Scotsford Road. We benefit from a warming fire circle within a living community horseshoe, planted by children through the John Muir discovery Award in 2016. The children have access to a range of environments including fruiting apple trees, ancient Oaks, established hedgerows for den play, a wild meadow for foraging and games, the much loved boggy stream and a large, recently renovated pond which is alive with newts, dragonflies and other fauna.

“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it, is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.” - David Attenborough

What is Forest School?

Based on the ethos of educators and naturalists such as Ruskin and Baden Powell, Forest School builds a culture of open air, child-centred experiences which are proven to enhance the development of children of all ages.

What Do We Do at Forest School?

  • Woodland Games
  • Fire building
  • Nature studies
  • Forest management
  • Ropes
  • Shelter building
  • Rural crafts
  • Cooking
  • Child-led Play
  • And Much More

Forest School Aims to Develop

  • Self-awareness and regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social Communication skills
  • Independence
  • Self-esteem and confidence

What You Need

  • Wellington/walking boots
  • Warm hat
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers
  • A positive attitude!

Guiding Principles

Principle 1: A long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland environment.
Principle 2: Forest School takes place in a natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.