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Forest School

Forest School at Hollywell

Our Ethos

We believe our children should have regular, long-term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities.   In addition  to our established program of adventurous residential visits, Forest School offers a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration.  Our children will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk.



Activities provided will depend on the ability and experience, and therefore meet the needs, of participants.  Examples of Forest School activities include:

  • Nature exploration

  • Building dens and other structures

  • Fires and cooking

  • Games and opportunities for imaginative play

  • Natural crafts

  • Using tools, such as knives and saws

  • Scavenger hunts and adventure

  • Seasonal celebrations


We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this new and exciting venture.  If you have any questions please come  and ask.  By entering 'forest school' into a web search, numerous links will provide further background information on this concept.


We have our very own woodland within our school grounds.

Keep scrolling for photos of our activities thus far...

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Whittling Giant Pencils
Sawing Wood Cookies

Bark Art and Nature Pallets

Mini Dens for Little Friends

Knots and Story Sticks

Weaving Frames

Bigger Dens for all of our Friends