Offering all types of learners opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through different types of learning in the enveloping environment of a woodland

Children are encouraged to be themselves and choose what they would like to do. Some may like to lie in a hammock and stare at the sky, whilst others may choose to climb trees and create elaborate rope bridges. Others may decide to paint trees with paint made from berries picked from the woodland, whilst some may choose to light the fire with the staff. 

Through this play and activity we can centre on the social, physical, intellectual, communication, emotional and spiritual needs of the children, in other words, their holistic development.


We believe this then helps foster resilient, confident, independent and creative learners that go on to use their new skills in the class room environment.


a child, aged 7

I loved the camp fire and roasting marshmallows. I also loved stroking the newt that we found in the pond. The day was relaxing and calming, it was such a good day

a teacher

“Forest School is amazing; the children were all totally engaged in what they were doing, and all seemed to be really enjoying the activities…This seems to be a fantastic opportunity for those children involved“

a parent

Oh my goodness! My daughter came home buzzing about forest school! She never comes home so excited! She enjoyed it immensely! Thanks!

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St John's C of E Primary & Nursery School, Portland Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2SG

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