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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Forest School

What do we do at Forest School:


Each Forest School session is planned by the leaders and are adaptive and responsive to the learners requests and passions, therefore activities range weekly.

- Den building

- Campfire cooking

- Sensory activities

- Listening activities

- Teamwork activities

- Tool making

- Knot tying

- Shelter building

- Habitat creation

- Environmental awareness

- Storytelling

- Evaluation and reflective activities


The Forest School ethos is based around creating a safe and nurturing environment.

Our key objective is "Play & Choice".


Through natural (age appropriate) play, we aim to encourage the children to learn:

  • Self management
  • Awareness of their surroundings and environment
  • To be bold with new risks and experiences

Article from Autumn 2019 Headteacher Update Magazine - please click on images to enlarge

Week commencing 04.05.2020

What tools do we use:


- Bowsaw

- Loppers

- Billhook

- Sheath Knife

- Flint & Steel

Clothing requirements:


Wellingtons with additional wellie socks / extra thick socks

Waterproof coat - not school coat

Waterproof OVER trousers with tights & leggings / tracksuit bottoms underneath

Hat, scarf & substantial gloves plus layers incl vest, long sleeved top & jumper (in winter)

Sunhat & sunscreen (in summer)

Forest School activities are practical, therefore the children are very likely to get muddy.

There is the possibility of clothing getting damaged, so wearing old clothing is imperative.

School uniform, incl PE kit, are not suitable.


While out on your daily walks see if you can spot this amazing piece of nature. The Horse Chestnut trees blossom changes colour to tell insects and pollinators if the flower has been pollinated or not. Yellow flowers haven't been pollinated and pink/red flowers have. See if you can find some and send in the pictures!

Mrs Vicary's nest box

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Mrs Vicary's parents have a webcam in their bird box and the blue tits have found it a perfect spot for a home!

Forest Feast

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Follow Mr Vaughan brew up some delicious Cleavers tea.

Forest Feast

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Simple Jack-in-the Hedge and Sorrel bread dip

Forest Feast

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Watch and make with Mrs Woodhouse a delicious nettle and wild garlic soup.

Humble Hawthorn

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See if you can spot any of the pink anther and the black anther, take a photo or video and send it in for our Nature Table

Explore more about the Hawthorn:

Swarm of bees with a marked queen!

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