Stonesfield Primary School prides itself on a long tradition of Forest School provision where children attend Forest School on a weekly (or fortnightly) basis, throughout all four seasons during five of their seven years of primary school, either in our own Forest School site in the school grounds, or in the local woods.
Our Forest School leader, Sarah Walker, is supported by staff and community volunteers. Stonesfield Primary School is one of only three Forest School Association Recognised Providers in Oxfordshire, which means that its provision meets all six Forest School Principles for good practice.
Forest School is an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in a natural environment and research shows that regular Forest School participation has a positive impact on children’s mental health and wellbeing, while also providing opportunities for holistic development.
Children choose their own learning goals and reflect on their own choices and achievements, alongside adults in a community of learning. They develop confidence, communication and social skills while using their initiative to problem solve and work with others, to develop empathy and respect for others and the natural environment. Children are able to grow and develop at a pace that is right for them, to develop a sense of consequence of their own actions and an ability to risk assess within a supportive environment. There are no targets or timescales with Forest School and our children’s knowledge and understanding of the natural world never fails to amaze us.
If you’d like to know more about our Forest School, or you’d like to become a community volunteer and rediscover your inner child, please contact us for further information.
Forest School Gallery