Forest School

(Ks3 and Ks4)  

At Thomas Bewick School, the aim of Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adult’s regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.  

Forest School is a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning. It can cover all six areas of learning, including the emotional and spiritual aspects of learning where self-confidence can grow and positive relationships with peers can be formed.  

Forest School explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round. It develops peer learning with the adults providing support and enabling activities to take place. The child’s interest will be at the heart of any activity. 

Although the aim of Forest School sessions is to enable children to be at the centre of their learning and building on their interests, a bespoke scheme of work has been developed to help guide teachers on their forest school sessions. Each half term will be based on a particular theme all with suggested creative activities. This will help with the focus of Forest School sessions and to use these activities to build on pupils’ independence, resilience and creativity.   

There is designated activities catered for explorer and discovery pathway learners and activities can be adapted for pupils to fulfil their potential at their own pace. In addition, engagement learners develop their skills based around IPEAR (Initiation, persistence, exploration, anticipation and realisation). These activities are a guide for pupils to participate in activities based around the current theme of the half term. These activities have been created for all leaners to be creative and imaginative thinkers in their own way.  

Prosper Learning Trust
Prosper Learning Trust