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Forest School

Information for parents

Where is Forest School?

We are lucky enough to have our own Forest School site here at Manor School. Children love Forest School for its hidden paths, trees, ups and downs and of course mud.


What is Forest School?

Forest School is based on a Scandinavian concept where, through regular outdoor learning experiences, children are given opportunities to learn and achieve; these in turn develop self-esteem, confidence, a positive attitude to learning, social skills and teamwork.

Regular attendance at Forest School provides opportunities for everyone to learn and achieve. Recent research shows improved outcomes for children in the following areas:

Confidence and Self Esteem

Children have the freedom, time and space to learn, grow and demonstrate their skills.

Social skills

Children develop an increased awareness of the consequences of their actions and show a better ability to work cooperatively with others.


Motivation and concentration

Children show a keenness to participate in play activities and to explore their surroundings plus an increased ability to focus on specific tasks for longer periods of time

Physical skills

Both gross and fine motor skills are honed by making structures, climbing, running and exploring freely.


Knowledge and Understanding

Increased respect is shown for the environment and the natural surroundings together with improved observational skills


What does my child need?

Your child needs to  bring their Forest School clothes in a named bag.

  • A long pair of trousers
  • A jumper with long sleeves
  • A pair of gloves (if it’s cold!)
  • A waterproof coat (and trousers if you have them)
  • Wellington boots
  • sunhats if sunny enough


Please be aware that we operate Forest School come rain or shine and whilst there are areas where the children can shelter they will be outdoors even if it’s wet!

If you have any questions then please do find me and ask.


Jane Millin

Forest School Teacher