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Outdoor Learning

Forest School

“Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers the children and young people opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.” - Institute for Outdoor Learning Forest School


At Lindfield Primary Academy, our school learning values underpin us being strong advocates for outdoor learning. We believe that through outdoor learning, children are able to develop their independence, perseverance, teamwork and respect for one another. Forest School enables children to build an understanding and appreciation of the world around them.

Our curriculum intent for Outdoor Learning

With these aspirations, our intent for the Outdoor Learning curriculum are:

  • To provide opportunities for curriculum enrichment through hands-on learning outdoors.
  • To give children the opportunity to exercise and interact with the outdoor environment to encourage healthy living and confidence.
  • To instil in children a love and wonder of nature.

We will implement these actions by...

Children in Year 4 attend a six week block of forest school sessions throughout the school year. During this time they will develop their outdoor learning skills by taking part in activities such as tool use and fire lighting. During the six weeks, the children design and develop their own fantastic project idea to make using the skills they have learnt.

Throughout Forest School, children learn about respecting, caring for and sustainably using the natural environment. They develop a love of the woodlands by playing games, exploring and den building using natural materials.

Confidence is developed in learners by encouraging independent thinking skills. Children are given opportunities to self-lead their own games, projects and creations.

Across the curriculum, we have identified opportunities for Outdoor Learning to take place in all year groups enabling ‘hands on’ learning and instilling a love of nature.

The impact of this learning will be...

By the end of Forest School, children are confident to take safe risks in their learning. They are also resilient, understanding that sometimes they have to try more than once to succeed! In the final few weeks, learners are given the chance to reflect on what they have achieved – many noticing, for example, how much quicker they have become when lighting a fire using a flint and steel. Children leave Forest School full of enthusiasm for the natural environment and with a range of useful practical skills.