Talbot Heath

Forest School

There is no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection

Through the mastery of small achievable tasks in a woodland environment, Forest School aims to encourage and inspire individuals of any age, to grow in confidence and independence so that they are able to develop a sense of self-worth.

Children acquire new skills as they are ready for them so that activities can maintain a degree of challenge and excitement, whilst remaining safe and controlled. At Forest School, children learn to assess and manage risks and develop lifelong learning skills. Unlike other forms of outdoor education, which tend to have a focuses on team building, challenging activities and competitiveness, Forest School embraces an entirely different approach through nurturing, supporting and aiding the development of self-esteem.

Forest School at Talbot Heath School

We have a Forest School programme from Kindergarten to Y6 with a more flexible drop-in style Forest School for Senior School and 6th Form during their Thursday lunch break. The sessions will take place onsite in our Forest School camp within our own beautiful grounds.

Our Forest School programme enables our children to grow and progress in all areas of their development: social; emotional; physical; academic and spiritual.  In particular, through Forest School our aim is to support each child in developing:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation and the ability to assess and manage risk
  • Intrinsic motivation and a love of learning
  • Empathy, co-operation and awareness of others
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Independence
  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
  • Physical development
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • Improved ownership, knowledge and understanding of natural environment

Forest School has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodland on a regular basis and who, through play, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.  

Experience in other settings has shown Forest School to be inspirational, opinion changing and challenging. Many children and young people benefit from, and often prefer a practical element to their learning and achieve greater levels of success in this context, rather than a traditional classroom environment. Behaviour and desire to learn have been seen to improve and impact on achievement, while there is also a measurable increase in respect for, knowledge of and understanding of the natural environment.

Forest School Kit List