Forest Schools

Forest School Vision & Philosophy 

“The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment....By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities...each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.” 

Blackmoor Park Infant School’s Forest School believes that outdoor play is important for child development and learning, an entitlement for our pupils. However, Forest School is much more than just outdoor play, as the above quote illustrates.

Forest School is learner-centred and led by the individual. The role of Forest School practitioners is to provide resources, activities and skills development but when the pupil requires or requests them. Observation is the practitioner’s key method of assessing and planning a Forest School programme for every pupil, lead by the pupil themselves.

Unlike learning in the classroom or during outdoor learning/play, the focus of Forest School is to develop the social and emotional aspects of each individual and provide a programme that develops resilience, independence and confidence.

What's happening in Forest Schools at Blackmoor Infants...

July 2, 2019

Year 1 children have had 3 sessions jam-packed with Forest School fun. Look at the photographs. Can you spot what we have been up to? We have been on bug hunts, created Forest School wood cookie jewellery, made mud pies and mud hot-chocolate, made a camp fire and toast...

Year 2 children have concluded their forest school experience today after 6 weeks of wonderful adventures.

March 21, 2019

Today in Forest School it was all about the birds!!! We talked about how to ensure birds have enough to eat and shelter to make a nest to keep warm. 

We made bird feeders and hung them in the trees and we made bird houses. Next week we will paint them and hang them...

March 15, 2019

It's the turn of Year 2 in Forest School and we have had lots of fun so far. In week 1 we went on a stick safari, a treasure hunt to collect natural treasures. Can you see what we collected? Sticks, pebbles, leaves, bark and flowers.

This week it was very windy in Fores...

January 30, 2019

Today in Forest School we had fun in the snow. We made snow angles, made patterns, foot prints and even some exciting writing in the snow using sticks and feathers.

Today our hot chocolate even had marshmellows in. It was yummy!

January 16, 2019

We braved the rainy day weather in forest school today! The children enjoyed jumping in the muddy puddles and using sticks to practise their writing in the mud.  We enjoyed a story in the cave before we shelted under the tarpaulin for hot chocolate and snack.

January 14, 2019

Wednesday was a very cold frosty morning but we had a lovely time in Forest School exploring the frost and ice.

November 6, 2018

We have been having so much fun in Forest School. Look at all the learning we have been doing and exploring too!!!!

We have planted vegetables and herbs in our planters. We have been very creative using natural resources (leaves, sticks, conkers, pine cones, stones) to...

September 25, 2018

Year 2 have been very creative this week. We went for a walk around our gardens and found lots of wonderful natural resources to make collages. What do you think of them?

We also harvested the vegetables that we planted before the summer holidays. We found potatoes...

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Blackmoor Park Infant School

45-65 Leyfield Road

West Derby


L12 9EY

Telephone: 0151 228 8576


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