Forest School

Forest School at Garras
Aiming to Enable, Enrich, and Inspire

"When I am in the woods I have 360 degree vision, but when people are on the XBox they can only see the screen." - (Charlie - Year 5)

Forest School offers an outdoor learning environment for School and Pre-School children.  By removing the constraints of a classroom setting, but retaining the conduct, thought and care practised there, the children are able to explore and guide their own learning; expanding their knowledge of the natural world, the woodland environment, and discovering the spiritual, historical, biological, and mythological significance of this diverse habitat.  Lesson plans are linked to the national curriculum and to the EYFS Framework and are designed/tailored to be compatible with the children’s areas of study/season/topics in the classroom.

The aims of Forest School are simple but extremely meaningful.

  • To access the curriculum in the outdoors through real, experiential learning opportunities.
  • To develop team spirit and co-operative working.
  • To listen to and communicate with others effectively.
  • To practise decision making and evaluation.
  • To investigate, question and wonder.
  • To learn from ‘Ooops!’ moments in a safe and structured way.
  • To take risks and evaluate routes to solutions.


These are some of the children's thoughts on our Forest School sessions.
'We didn't know where Noah was and Annabel worried that we'd lost him. Then Noah shouted and we followed his signal. We found him behind the bushes.' Macy and James
' I actually did it!' - Felix
'I was collecting sticks for the fire.' - Sebastien
'My favourite thing was everything!' - Beau and Noah
'We were drilling. We were making necklaces and medals.' - Arthur
'Can we go to the woods again?' - James
Reception Children at Forest School in early November
'I slided down because I didn't want to hurt myself.' - William
'I just climbed up the branches. Did you see me climb up the tree? No-one helped me climb up.' - Xavier
'I put my head on the side and I watched my feet while I was stepping. Because I didn't know where to go.' - Lyla
'You know how I was climbing a tree? I've never done that before. It was very high up and I didn't go all the way to the top. It was very steep.' - Charlie