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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 leader and is based on either the current Creative Cornerstones Curriculum topic being delivered or as an extension to the days classroom learning.

They are therefore adaptive and responsive to the learners requests and passions.


Examples are camouflage in Year 2 for Minibeasts, the job of a leaf in Year 1 for Splendid Skies, traditional weaving for Invasion (Vikings) in Year 4, continuing their literacy lesson on collective nouns for Year 3 and Inuit Art for Year 6.


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

Tools 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.

Parent Volunteer Information

Our weekly sessions

Term 5 2024

Term 4 2024

Term 3 2024

Term 2 2023

Term 1 2023

Term 6 2023

Term 5 2023

Term 4 2023

Term 3 2023


Term 2 2022

Term 1 2022

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

Forest Feast

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

Swarm of bees with a marked queen!

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