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Learning outside the classroom can provide a powerful teaching tool which can engage children with different learning styles and improve enjoyment of learning.

The aim of the Culmstock Primary Forest School is to provide activities for children to experience outdoor learning using Forest School principles.

We aim to give children and staff members the opportunity to understand the ethos of Forest School, allowing children to develop a positive attitude to their learning, offering the opportunity to take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.

The environment of Forest School allows children to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence and to build on their relationships with other children. It allows them to develop an awareness of their own and others emotional needs, learning to play and learn cooperatively with their peers. The setting of Forest School allows children to engage with the natural environment and offers a unique teaching experience.

At Culmstock Primary School we are very lucky to have a large school field with a dedicated Outdoor Learning area, complete with mud kitchen and fire pit.

Through regular Forest School sessions, we aim as a school to allow children to develop their self-esteem, become more self-aware, manage emotions, persevere with their learning and learn from their mistakes.


All classes get the chance to participate in regular Forest School sessions over the course of a school year. This provides opportunities for child led learning, den building, problem solving, teamwork and fire lighting.

“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. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.”


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