Grimsdell - Forest school

Forest Schools

Our inspirational forest schools programme provides opportunities for pupils to immerse themselves in our woodland.

We encourage and inspire individuals through positive outdoor experiences. Our programmes run throughout the year, going to the woods in all weathers (except for high winds).

Pupils learn how to use tools such as bow saws, mallets, loppers and sheath knives (peelers for our younger children) in a traditional woodland manner and are introduced gradually with a structured safety base the children become familiar with. The use of tools in the wood promotes trust and self-confidence within those taking part.

Our pupils become risk takers, gain confidence and independence and have a greater sense of well-being from their experiences in the woods. Teamwork skills are developed through games and activities such as hide and seek, shelter building, tool skills, lighting fires, cooking and environmental art.

As well as being physically active throughout many sessions, the pupils have the opportunity to problem solve and think critically in the forest, meaning that they go back to school with their capacity for learning and focus strengthened and have the chance to apply these new skills to different situations in the classroom.

Coupled with all of this is a tremendous sense of enjoyment – the children thrive in the woodland loving everything from splashing in puddles to toasting marsh-mellows on the campfire.