Forest School

Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners

Our Forest School allows all children from the age of 3 the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, motor skills, confidence and develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world as well as encourage decision making through play, all within a local woodland environment.

Children must be over 3 years old and attend pre-school on a Friday in order to join.

We do ask for a small donation of ¬£25 per child to cover costs across the year.

MEET PENNIE

Pennie is our dedicated Forest School Leader and is Forest School Accredited (FSA Level 3) with first aid. Penny runs the Forest School every Friday with the help of staff members and parent helpers. Pennie is more of a facilitator than a teacher, providing the children with opportunities and plenty of encouragement for children to learn through play and exploration. Our Forest School sessions are always child-led and allow for flexibility, thus allowing the children to deviate from planned activities. This approach, in turn, builds confident, independent, creative little explorers.

LOCATION

We are very lucky to have the Hagbourne Millennium Woods within easy walking distance of the pre-school; a nearly 9-acre area of woodland featuring a stone circle that we use as our base for exploring.

A thorough site assessment is carried out at the beginning of each session to ensure the safety of the children.

ACTIVITIES

The local woods offer the children a rich play environment where they are encouraged to engage in various activities, such as;

  • Climbing trees
  • Den building
  • Digging for worms
  • Bug hunting
  • Mud pie making
  • Leaf crowns
  • learning about animal habitats

WHAT TO WEAR

We head out whatever the weather, so please provide your child with appropriate clothing for the season. Waterproof trousers and high visibility vests are provided by pre-school but children will need to bring wellies and suitable warm clothing (4-5 layers) for colder days.

Winter

  • Vest
  • Long-sleeved top
  • Hooded top/fleece or thick jumper
  • Thick socks (thermal or two pairs of thin ones)
  • Trousers (No jeans, these can be very uncomfortable when wet)
  • Wellies
  • Hat, gloves, and scarf

Summer

  • Long-sleeved top
  • Light trousers (Arms and legs must be covered in the woodland)
  • light Socks
  • Wellies
  • Sunhat 
  • suncream

GET INVOLVED

We welcome both regular and one-off helpers to join our forest school outings, no special qualifications are required. Please let a member of staff know if you are interested in helping out.