At St. Luke’s we base our Forest School around the six Forest School principles and criteria for good practice:
Forest School Principles
1. Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one –off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review link each session.
At St. Luke’s our sessions continue throughout the year.
2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the
development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Our Forest School site is carefully managed to maintain a biodiverse environment, full of wildlife,
allowing the learners to get close to and develop a relationship with nature.
3. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering
resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
Our Forest School programme aims to develop the physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, creative,
emotional and spiritual aspects of our learners.
We aim to link our Forest School experiences with the curriculum, home and the wider community.
4. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the
environment and to themselves.
Our Forest School activities are designed to build on an individual’s innate motivation, positive
attitudes and/or interests.
We use tools and fires when deemed appropriate to the learners, and dependent on completion
of a baseline risk assessment.
All of our activities follow a Risk-Benefit process, managed jointly by the Forest School leader and
the learners. These are tailored to the developmental stages of the learners.
5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain
and develop their professional practice.
Forest School is led by Mrs Jennings who holds an accredited Level 3 Forest School qualification,
First Aid for Forest Schools including Paediatrics and Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.
We have a high ratio of adults to learners with parents/carers/grandparents (subject to a DBS
check, which can be arranged through school) joining in the fun.
Forest School is supported by relevant working documents which contain all the policies and
procedures required to ensure that staff and volunteers know their roles and responsibilities.
6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for
development and learning.
Forest School employs child-led learning, where the children choose which activities they wish to
Play and choice are an integral part of the Forest School learning process. Play is recognised as
vital to learning and development.
Each session features a time for reflection, giving the children an opportunity to celebrate their
achievements, develop emotional intelligence and to plan for future sessions.