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Forest School

Welcome to Forest School


St Mark’s CE Primary School are extremely proud and excited to have become a Forest School.

Forest School is a concept that has been developed from the Scandinavian approach to learning, where children from the age of 3-7 attend Early Years Education called måbørnspædagogik, or Forest School.

The Forest School is a holistic way of learning. It has been defined by Forest School England as “…an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.”

In Forest School children get the chance to play, explore and discover. The sessions are all about exploration of their surroundings. Children learn best from first hand experiences.

Forest School can and is delivered alongside the conventional education methods to provide children with the ability to transfer their skills they learn into everyday life. The focus is on reconnecting (or in some cases ‘connecting’) children with their local outdoor environment, giving them the space and freedom to discover, play, explore and learn within a natural, outdoor setting.

The Forest School provides a safe, outdoor setting which is supervised by trained Forest School leaders where the children are encouraged to explore all aspects of the natural world. No child can fail at Forest School; they all manage to take something positive from the experience.

The St Mark’s Forest School site is located beyond the sports court. It has remained predominantly unused until now, which has allowed it to independently flourish and mature.

We are very much looking forward to having our first Forest School sessions with Year 2 in the second half of the summer term.


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  • My friends are kind because if I want to play a game they’re playing, they always let me join in. Hermione

  • You need to listen to your teachers & friends as you won’t get to know about cool things. Elijah

  • When you are selfless and put others first. Lottie

  • Celebrating when you have an award and showing it to your friends but in a kind way. Joel

  • To treat people equally as you would like to be treated. Riaan

  • We are safe as the teachers remind us what is right and what is wrong. Emily