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Forest Schools

Forest School

Welcome to Westhouses Primary Schools Forest Schools page. This page features all the work we are doing in association with Forest Schools. Mrs Tucker runs our Forest school and has completed her level 3 training. 


What is Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.


The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

Our School Award supports schools to take a whole school approach that sees them grow their own food; organise trips to farms; provide cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment.


Find out more about Forest Schools here - https://www.forestschoolassociation.org/history-of-forest-school/


Lots of work going on on our allotments ready for the Summer months!

Mr Weston's class has been hard at work on the allotments!

Trailblazers have been out and about around Westhouses exploring the streams!

Explorers have been creating some courses on the playground and toasting some bread on the fire.

Trailblazers have been den building

Forest Schools December 2022!

Hard at work on the allotments

Philosophers have been learning to tie knots in Forest Schools

Autumn 2 Week 4 2022: Developing our knowledge of knots.

Check out what has been going on in Forest Schools!

Forest Schools Autumn term week 2

Forest school week 1 Autumn term

Explorers have been archaeologists digging for some skeletons in Forest Schools

Explorers had lots of fun in Forest School, they made shelters for the three bears and did a scavenger hunt!

KS1 Forest Schools!

Campfire and s'mores

Den building!

Infants enjoyed Forest School this week!

The children in Forest Schools made their very own dinosaurs and created a Jurassic World for them to live in - they even found some dinosaur bones!

Forest schools do a scavenger hunt and paint their bug hotel

Amazing bug hotel by the Forest Schools gang!

The children have been creating their very own outdoor games linked with nature today!

Forest schools with Explorers!

Forest Schools with Mrs Davey - clay faces

The children had a great time in Forest Schools today on their wild flower hunt over on the park!

Wow, Forest Schools had a great time planting the new fruit trees in the reception area!

Forest schools enjoyed their den building session!

Forest schools had an amazing lesson on working with fire in a safe way and they made some yummy toast.

Forest Schools had a great time even though it was cold. We carved sticks using peelers and we all had a go at making a spark with a fire steel.

Forest Schools made some incredible dreamcatchers this week!

This week in forest schools the children made some incredible figures using clay and got creative with their den building!

In Forest Schools this week we created poppy wreaths.

Forest Schools - making kites and happozome printing!

Forest schools - Planting herbs and making crosses.

Forest Schools had a fantastic time building their fire!

Raft building and nature wands

Wow, what a creative way to make the Solar System!

This week Forest Schools made friendship bracelets and created emotion stones. They also made their own games including, limbo and javelin.

Journey sticks & fire circles!

Zip, Zap, Boing and horses made from sticks - Forest Schools looks like so much fun!

Den building in Forest Schools

Forest schools had loads of fun this week using the secateurs to chop wood and make a dinosaur (He is called Spike!)

The children of Forest Schools went on a nature hunt and created their very own nature bookmarks.

Forest Schools learnt how to do a knot called the 'Alpine Butterfly' this week. They also built their very own fire and collected the wood to go no it.

Forest Schools have been hard at work creating some bug hotels!

Year 3 Forest Schools - We played zip, zap. boing and had a scavenger hunt. We got soaking wet and muddy!!

Forest Schools with Philosophers

Making toast on the camp fire.

The cold weather hasn't stopped us! Forest schools have been making their very own rafts and seeing if they would float.

Reception had am amazing time in Forest Schools this week, they made their very own scarecrow!

In Forest Schools this week we had a scavenger hunt! The weather was not on our side but that's okay as we came prepared!!

A big thank you to Mrs Yeardley and her Granddad for making and donating these benches to school!

Forest schools continues to be busy as they tidy up the willow and creating some willow art!

The weather didn't stop Forest Schools this week, our display looks better than ever now!

Scavenger hunt and clay faces this week in Forest Schools!

A spot of shelter building in Forest Schools this week - check out the photos below!

As the weather gets warmer our Forest Schools children have enjoyed developing the nature area.

Who says nature is boring? - our craft spiders made from bits and pieces found in our grounds look amazing!!

Planting trees.

Willow weaving onto the fence!

Crown creations - check them out below!

Spot of gardening anyone?

Check out what the children did in forest school this week.

Check out the Earth Day cakes to celebrate the new Spring flowers.

Check out below what the children have been up to this week in Forest Schools!

Wow! Amazing den's built in Forest Schools today - a well deserved hot chocolate!

The children explored the outdoor area in their first Forest Schools lesson (including a muddy puddle!)

Dragons breath and Fairy homes!


Nature Hunt & Environmental Art