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Every child in the school takes part in six afternoon Forest School sessions each year. We introduced this initiative back in 2012 to maximise our use of the fantastic grounds and varied habitats we are privileged to have here at Overdale Junior School.

Forest Schools began in Denmark as an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The aim is to encourage and inspire individuals through positive outdoor experiences, enabling them to develop personal and social skills, motivation, self confidence and self esteem.

Forest School takes place in the school spinney. The sessions are child led, with adults on hand to guide and support the children in the activities they choose to undertake, for example:

  • trail making, using natural materials, ropes and tarpaulins,
  • shelter building,
  • knots and craftwork using found natural materials,
  • team games,
  • outdoor art and drama,
  • campfire cooking, and
  • safe use of tools.

Forest School takes place in all weathers, except high winds, so children should come to school with appropriate warm, waterproof clothing and footwear for their sessions.

Staff and children alike enjoy and benefit from Forest School and we are very excited to offer this project here.

Knowledge organisers

Please see the Knowledge Organisers below which show the core knowledge that children will be taught and expected to learn.