St Mary's RC Primary School, ManchesterSt Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

Forest School

Forest School at St Mary's.

Welcome to our Forest School page! On this page we hope to provide you with some information that will allow you to understand a little more about what Forest School is and what we do when we are there. 

Forest School is an outdoor education delivery model in which students visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills. A key factor of our Forest School approach to learning is to ensure that it is delivered in a way that focuses on the holistic development of our learners, meaning that all the development areas of our learners should be involved.

Many of our Forest School objectives have a strong link to the national curriculum so that classroom based learning can be continued outside. Examples of this can include habitats, life cycles and seasons which are also science topics in all key stages. 

All children at St Mary's have a Forest School experience each year, with activities varying and developing as they grow through school. We believe that to see a lasting impact and to achieve growth these experiences need to range from between 6-10 weeks. We visit Forest School in all weathers, only cancelling in high winds. Therefore it is always important that children are dressed appropriately so that they can enjoy their Forest School sessions! 

Below is a kit list and our Forest School ethos which includes some of the activities that we deliver, accompanied by some photos to give you further insight into our natural world! 

Many thanks, 

Mrs M Duff 

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