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Learning Outside the Classroom - Forest School

Forest School sessions are well under way here at Midfield Primary School in both our Reception classes, starting with a teddy bears' picnic at base camp. Grasshoppers and Bluebirds will attend one afternoon each week. 

What is Forest School? 

Forest School is an opportunity for children to experience and explore their environment. Children are encouraged to develop their independence, improve their decision making skills, and raise their self-esteem through small achievable tasks and new learning opportunities.

Forest School at Midfield takes place in a designated area of the School grounds. Forest School sessions are run by qualified Forest School Leaders.

Forest School sessions

During a Forest School session the children are outside for just over an hour each week. When arriving at the designated site the children sit down at ‘base camp’. Here the children are reminded of the Forest School rules, the activities for the session are explained and the children can choose their own activities. Children may enjoy such experiences as:

  • Hunting for minibeasts
  • Playing hide and seek
  • Making mud pies
  • Building dens
  • Making bug hotels
  • Digging for treasure

The session ends back at base camp’ where the children reflect on their learning.

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“It’s all about getting muddy!” (Bluebird child)