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Redwood Park Academy

Forest School

Forest school is an educational approach that focuses on outdoor learning in natural environments, typically in woodland or forest settings. It originated in Scandinavia and has gained popularity in various parts of the world, particularly in the UK.

Forest school emphasizes learning and play in natural outdoor spaces, such as forests, woodlands, or other wild environments. This outdoor setting is believed to offer unique opportunities for learning and development.

Forest school encourages child-led exploration and activities. Children are given the freedom to explore their interests and engage in activities that capture their curiosity, such as building shelters, climbing trees, making crafts from natural materials, or identifying plants and wildlife.

The forest school approach values holistic development, focusing not only on academic skills but also on social, emotional, and physical well-being. Activities in forest school are designed to promote self-esteem, confidence, resilience, and a sense of environmental stewardship.

Forest school aims to foster a deep appreciation for nature, enhance children's well-being, and provide rich learning experiences that support various aspects of development.


Our Forest School enables pupils to:

  • Solve problems and become as independent as possible.
  • Experience the joy of discovery.
  • Assess and manage risk to themselves and others.
  • Investigate the natural world and how it affects them.
  • Be filled with awe and wonder.
  • Self-regulate and reflect.
  • Use the forest school space for imaginative play.
  • Develop self-confidence and self-belief.
  • Communicate effectively.


Forest School activities will typically include:

  • Sensory Walks.
  • Building small, temporary shelters using tarpaulins or fallen materials.
  • Woodland Art.
  • Tying Knots.
  • Nature Activities such as flora and fauna identification.
  • Using Kelly Kettles (self‐contained, portable devices for boiling water using twigs or other small, combustible materials)
  • Wood Carving.
  • Tool Use (bow saws, loppers, billhooks, and knives)
  • Planting and Rewilding.
  • Creating a variety of animal habitats.
  • Campfires and outdoor cooking.