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Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School is a hands on, long-term outdoor education process that is holistic and learner-led. It developed in the UK in 1993 after being inspired by Scandinavian practices. Forest School allows children to develop physically, socially and emotionally by supporting play, exploration and risk taking.

At Monksmoor Park we believe it is a valuable opportunity for our children as it develops their confidence, self-esteem, perseverance, creativity and imagination. They learn about our natural world while having fun, exploring and working together. It also offers the opportunity for awe and wonder as children are able to experience the peace, beauty and calm that can be found outdoors. 


Forest School Kit

Forest school sessions run throughout the year and only the most severe weather will see a session cancelled.  For this reason, it is essential the correct clothing is worn.

Cold Weather

  • Hat and gloves (scarves not advised)
  • Long sleeve top
  • Jumper
  • Coat
  • Leggings or trousers (or both!)
  • Socks (2 pairs and/or welly socks)
  • Wellies

Hot Weather

  • Sun cream
  • Hat
  • Light-weight, long sleeved top
  • Light-weight trousers
  • Wellies or Trainers

The school provides full waterproof clothing for every child.  These are large enough to go over all clothing described above.