Forest School

Forest School is part of the curriculum at Worsthorne Primary School and accessible for children across all year groups. A sample of the activities the children take part in will include bush crafts, using hand tools, making items from natural materials, games, treasure hunts and campfire activities to name but a few.
Forest school is an opportunity for the children to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way. Our ’forest’ is the woodland areas located on our school field. Our Forest School currently includes a ‘base camp’ area, a mud pit and a range of tall trees that will enable us to create shelters and build dens. There are old wood piles to attract insects and small mammals. The children are encouraged to investigate and explore but also to respect all living things.
Children learn best from first hand experiences. Exploring, playing and learning using a range of activities (both designed by the Forest School Leader and instigated by the children themselves) is what forest school is all about. Building a sense of independence, high self-esteem and team work are important parts of Forest School, but health and safety considerations are always of paramount importance.
The children absolutely love their time in Forest School (as do the staff!). It is wonderful to see them use their imaginations, create and explore, work together, embrace the mud and rain, and learn to care for their environment and the creatures and animals that live there. We hope they come home after a Forest School session, excited to tell you what they have been up to.