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Sherburn CE School is committed to giving children the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment. We believe that taking learning outside is good for promoting children's self-esteem, well-being, behaviour, co-operative learning and problem solving. These skills feed positively into classroom work and other settings.



The concept was developed in Scandinavia, and operates on the principle that children of all ages benefit from the learning opportunities present in a woodland environment. They found that by taking the majority of their learning outdoors, whatever the weather, their children became resilient, confident and independent learners.




We run the Forest School Programme which builds on the natural instinct to learn and explore that everybody is born with. It offers opportunities for children to make choices for their own learning and take and manage risks. Development of these skills encourages positive attitudes and behaviour. All sessions are designed around the needs of our pupils designed both around the current theme in class, and as stand-alone sessions for particular needs. Many areas of the National Curriculum will be covered.In addition to this, one of our main focuses for Forest School is to provide our children real opportunities and reasons to write.



We plan in several sessions of Forest School sessions a term, look out for the dates in the school news letter!


To ensure that your child gets the most of this experience, you will need to provide them with OLD WARM CLOTHING, preferably waterproof, and either wellies or walking boots which your child will change into before we venture out into the woodland area. This should include:

  • Thick trousers e.g. jeans or jogging bottoms. Please avoid sending in leggings as they are not very warm!
  • A long sleeved t-shirt
  • A warm jumper
  • An old coat that can get muddy (if you would prefer your child not to use their usual school coat)
  • A spare pair of socks
  • Hat, scarf, gloves etc.


Please bear in mind that we go in all weather, so in winter months the weather will be very unpredictable. It is better to send your child with excess clothing which s/he can take off if they get hot. Also the clothes are very likely to get muddy, so please do not send in anything that you would prefer to keep clean!


Feel free to visit some of the websites below if you would like to know more detailed information about the theoretical background of why the ForestSchool approach to learning and development works.