Forest School

We have established Forest School and outdoor learning at Willaston to give all children regular opportunities to learn, achieve, develop self-esteem and confidence in an outdoor setting. Forest school activities are planned to link closely to learning in the classroom, developing themes and ideas in a different setting. We are fortunate to have Willaston Meadow on our doorstep, which is a fantastic resource to teach the children about our local environment.

The children will go outdoors in all weathers, all year round and will witness the environment changing with the seasons. Natural resources are used as much as possible to stimulate creative thinking and skills development.

We hope that by giving the children memorable learning experiences, they will develop a love and respect for their environment which they will take with them into their adult life.

We go outside for Forest School in all weathers. As the weather can vary quite dramatically at this time of year, even from hour to hour, please take time to view the forecast and send your children with appropriate kit (see the kit list below).

If your child has Forest School in the morning, it would be helpful if they could come into school already dressed in their water proofs and outdoor shoes. This helps reduce any time lost while getting changed and helps safeguard staff and younger children who might need help with tricky zips, puddle suits and shoe laces.

Unfortunately, as we cannot have parent helpers on site for the time being, due to COVID restrictions, we will be unable to go out to the meadow for our Forest School sessions. This will be kept under review and when it is deemed safe to do so we will be in touch. We are very lucky to have some fantastic learning areas around school which we can use for the time being.