Forest School

Forest School

The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland setting.

Forest School is a type of outdoor education in which children visit forests and woodlands in order to learn personal, social and technical skills. 

Forest School uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children and young adults. Topics are cross-curriculum, broad in subject, and include the natural environment. Examples include:

  • The role of trees in society
  • The complex ecosystem supported by a wilderness
  • Recognition of specific plants and animals

This is in addition to valuable personal skills, such as teamwork and problem solving.

At Clifton College Preparatory School, we have a large site at Beggar’s Bush that incorporates a large forest area and a meadow area where the children can work, plan, investigate and learn.

Year 3 has one full day per term.