Forest School

It’s a way to learn differently!

At Old Heath Community Primary School we are very lucky that we have been able to turn a corner of our field into our very own ‘Wolf Wood’! So named by the Early Years Class in the Summer of 2015 thanks to a mini totem pole found by our Site Manager, Mr Switzer!

The Forest School Association has six principles that we recognise and work with whilst running our Forest School sessions:

  • FS a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Over the last two years as Head and Forest School Leader ~ ‘Amanda Acorn’ has taken Early Years, Year 4 and Year 6 for Forest School sessions. For the coming year 2017/18 there is a new rolling programme to attempt to provide Forest School sessions across the whole school; Year 2 and Year 4 have been involved this Autumn with Year 5 and Year 3 scheduled for the Spring Term.

  Download our FOREST SCHOOL POLICY SEPT 2017  

 Please read our Forest School Quick Guide Autumn Y4 Y2 2017 V2 for quick explanation & guide to Forest School at Old Heath.

More photos of Y4 and Y2 sessions: