Forest School

Christ Church is committed to giving children the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment. We believe that taking learning outside is good for promoting children's self-esteem, well-being, behaviour, co-operative learning and problem solving. These skills feedback positively into classroom work and support the main curriculum- particularly Literacy, Science, Maths and the Creative Curriculum.

Forest School is normally delivered within the natural environment of our own school grounds. Each Forest School programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children grow in confidence, skills and understanding. The ethos of Forest School allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experiences.

The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the learners. Children may enjoy such experiences as building shelters, cooking over fire, woodland craftwork, telling stories, climbing trees, hunting for mini-beasts and making mud pies. As the programme develops woodland tools are introduced to extend learning and provide new opportunities for risk management.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be looking forward to re-introducing Forest School when it is practical to do so.