Forest Schools

What is Forest Schools?

At Coniston Primary School we strive to provide fully engaging and exciting learning opportunities that will develop children’s confidence and self esteem.

The Forest School programme promotes holistic learning experiences that contribute significantly to the development of the whole child. This is done by providing a creative, stimulating and child centred natural environment that allows the children time to experiment with real life first hand experiences that develop independent thinking and social interactions.

The Forest School sessions will take place every week and follow a routine that will become familiar to the children; group discussion, activity and exploring the grounds, snack/fire time and final get together for reflection before home time.

Why is forest school such a great opportunity?

It is proven that learning that takes place outdoors is much more powerful and memorable as all the senses are involved.

The children will develop:

  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Communication & social skills
  • Physical skills
  • Understanding and appreciation of the natural world around them
  • Motivation and a positive attitude to learning
  • The ability to recognise and manage risk
  • Healthier lifestyle

Kit List

We are going to get dirty every week so please make sure all of the following are OLD .

These items will need to be in a bag on your child’s peg each week:

  • Spare socks
  • Long sleeved top to protect from brambles, sticks and branches
  • Long trousers
  • Jumper/fleece/tracksuit top
  • Sun hat
  • Wellies

When the weather gets colder and wetter we will still be going outside so they will need these additional items:

  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Thick jumper (or jumpers—layers make it easier to regulate temperatures)
  • Thick trousers (or tights/leggings/long johns to wear under tracksuit bottoms)
  • Wellie socks

School will provide water proof trousers and jacket.

If children do not have ‘scruffy clothes’ in school on their forest skills day they will still need to go out with their class wearing water proof clothing but this may result in school uniform getting dirty.

Download our Forest Schools Leaflet – Forest Schools Leaflet

Tuck Money

As part of forest school the children will have a drink of hot chocolate every week and then at different points throughout the year will have snacks or things to toast on the camp fire—marshmallows, popcorn, bread.

To help cover the cost of these things we are asking for a termly donation of £1. This should be sent into the school office in a named envelop, stating Forest Schools Tuck Money at the start of each term.


All activities carried out during forest school will have been fully risk assessed and both Mrs Young and Mrs White are experienced at providing forest school sessions for primary children.

It is essential that the children have the correct clothing to ensure they are as protected from scrapes and grazes and from the weather as is possible.

If your child suffers from hay fever please ensure they have the medication needed and if they are likely to need it topping up for afternoon sessions please speak to the office.

Some of the follow-up work…