Forest School at St Marks

Resilient, Confident, Independent and Creative Learners

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“Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitudes towards learning, offering them the opportunity to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves” (

During Forest School sessions, children will:

  • have opportunities to develop their communication skills,
  • manage and talk about their feelings,
  • build positive relationships with both adults and peers,
  • challenge their physical abilities through climbing and creating,
  • have opportunities to foster responsibility and empathy
  • improve their knowledge and understanding of the natural world.

Being outside and taking part in physically challenging activities raises children’s self-esteem, enabling them to handle more challenging or negative events in a more positive way in the future. Children also have ownership of their learning; following their own interests and choosing their own challenges.

Children develop their emotional intelligence through self-control, flexibility/adaptability and social competencies. During Forest School sessions children will have opportunities to identify their strengths and weaknesses, take risks, learn how to communicate effectively with adults and their peers, problem solve in a calm and controlled manner and develop an innate motivation to learn, explore and investigate.

Risk taking and the benefits

Through risk taking, children gain an awareness of their own boundaries and limits. It is by taking risks that children actually learn how to be safe.

This website link gives more information about the Forest School movement:

Below are some images of our EYFS children enjoying forest school in our school grounds.