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Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School provides an enriching experience that supports children to develop their independence, self-esteem, confidence as well as their physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills through hands-on practical experiences in a natural environment. Forest School at Reed First School takes a holistic approach to foster the development of the whole child. Forest School sessions provide opportunities for children to develop their problem-solving and creativity skills. Through a hands-on approach, children are given the time to explore their environment, to make their own discoveries through child-led activities, play, and become knowledgeable about their natural world. Our aim is to develop children’s understanding of the world around them as well as promote positive wellbeing of children in a stimulating outdoor environment.


In our Forest School sessions at Reed, we encourage the children to:

  • Be inquisitive and curious about the world around them
  • Be enthusiastic and have a willingness to learn more
  • Develop personal and social skills
  • Use their imagination during child-led play
  • Use tools to create, make and manage their environment
  • Make their own discoveries
  • Develop practical skills
  • Be resilient by working through challenges and solving problems
  • Develop their communication skills
  • Reflect on their experiences and learning
  • Be passionate about wildlife and their environment
  • Improve their physical motor skills
  • Explore their world by using their senses
  • Take appropriate risks
  • Work effectively in groups (teamwork) and on their own (being independent)



It is important that children wear clothes that are warm and waterproof.

  • Reed First School coat
  • Wellington boots, walking boots or snow boots
  • Waterproof trousers (over the top of thick, warm trousers)
  • Lots of layers (we can always remove layers if your child gets warm)
  • Warm hat (preferably covering ears)
  • Warm gloves (preferably more than one pair if they get wet)
  • Extra pair of leggings/thermals under trousers in cold weather


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