Forest School Curriculum

Aim

We believe that our Forest School is a unique feature of St Fidelis. Next door to the school, to the rear of the Friary Garden, holds a space which promotes collaboration, resilience and challenge. Key Stage Two 2 classes take part in Forest School fortnightly while our Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes visit every week.

Forest School activities are different for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In Nursery and Reception the focus is on exploring the forest, learning about seasonal changes and observational skills. Year 1 and Year 2 lessons include using senses to explore and creating natural art by looking at the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, and activities in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 centre around acquiring skills associated with three activities: slack lining and ropes, fire lighting and shelter building.

Forest School develops our children’s ability to work with others, including those of a different age, develops their confidence and resilience in outdoor activities and improves their problem-solving skills.

We are proud that:

  • We have built our Forest School curriculum ourselves, with the activities chosen specifically for our children’s needs and interests.
  • Every child in our school accesses Forest School.
  • Forest School is an important learning experience for all our children.

Curriculum Overview: Nursery to Year 2

Curriculum Plan - Forest School 2