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...

March 17, 2020

Year 2 have been busy over the last couple of weeks during forest school.  We have been outdoors in rain, wind and the sun its been great fun.  We have explored the mud making mud pies and 'bogits'.  We made a fire and enjoyed boiling the water to use to make hot choco...

February 18, 2020

Here are some of the things that Year 2 Forest School children have been up to for the past few weeks. We have been toasting brioche on the camp fire, relaxing in the hammock, sharing stories, building shelters, making jewellery and many things using sticks. We even co...

January 21, 2020

Year 2 had a wonderful first Forest School session. We decided to take care of the birds due to the cold weather and lack of food for them to eat. We used ice-cream cones, oranges, lard and seed to create bird feeders. 

We then enjoyed a hot chocolate around the fi...

November 30, 2019

Year 1 enjoyed another exciting session of Forest School this week. We learned a new skill - peeling! First we had to make sure we used our tools in a safe manner. We used the 'respect position' and wore a glove on our 'non tooled hand'. The best part was eating the ca...

November 20, 2019

Today was outdoor learning day at school. All our lessons were completed outside and we had so much fun. English, Maths, Science, Music, PE, Art and D/T all taught outdoors.

In Forest School we sat around the camp fire and enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows to keep...

November 20, 2019

Forest School is underway for this year and Year 1 are having so much fun. We have been exploring the outdoors, problem solving, being creative, working as a team and keeping warm in the cold weather with a lovely cup of hot chocolate.

Thank you to our grown ups for pro...

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Blackmoor Park Infant School

45-65 Leyfield Road

West Derby


L12 9EY

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