What is our vision for Forest School at St Mary of the Angels?

  • To nurture our children’s love of, and appreciation for, God’s creation
  • To develop children’s understanding of stewardship
  • To provide opportunities for children to develop and have fun in a safe and stimulating environment
  • To facilitate children’s understanding of risk taking, choice making and ownership of their own learning

Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning outside the classroom is an integral part of life at St Mary's.  We place high value on enabling children to get outside and experience their learning in a natural environment.  Last year, Forest School was very popular with the children and this year we aim to build on the children's skills and develop their confidence in recognising the abilities they have.

Forest School is an inspirational learning journey, which offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in our woodland and natural outdoor environment.  In addition, we plan to expand our Forest School provision beyond our school site to local beauty spots - such as Rivacre Valley - and places of historical importance.  In doing so, we instantly add flesh to the bones of the creative curriculum which underpins everything we strive for here at St Mary's.


What to wear during winter sessions:

  • Base layer – long sleeve t shirt (or old pyjama top).  You may want to double up in winter months.
  • Mid layer – an old, warm jumper that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy
  • Outer layer – a waterproof coat with a hood.
  • Legs - tights, long johns, leggings, old pyjama bottoms and tracksuit trousers over the top.  Waterproof trousers if possible
  • Footwear – old trainers, walking boots or wellies are perfect
  • Extras - a warm, woolly hat, gloves, and scarf.


What to wear during summer sessions:

  • Base layer – preferably a long-sleeved t-shirt although a short-sleeved t-shirt may suffice if the weather is hot
  • Outer layer – a thin, waterproof jacket or coat
  • Legs – long tracksuit bottoms are essential.  These help to avoid bites and stings during the summer months.
  • Footwear – old trainers, walking boots or wellies are perfect
  • Extras - a freshly filled water bottle, sun cream applied before school.

Thursday 11th January 2024 - EYFS Forest School

EYFS had a very exciting Forest School session today. We started off by playing some team games and then had lots of fun exploring the forest school area together. We created pictures and patterns using natural objects - we love making repeating patterns so we really enjoyed this activity! We also built dens for the cuddly animals and really enjoyed hammering the pegs into the ground, practised balancing on the wooden planks, played parachute games, and enjoyed using the swing and the hammock. We loved toasting our own marshmallows and had a delicious drink of hot chocolate to warm ourselves up as well. We are already looking forward to our next forest school session. What a lovely and busy morning we had!

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Thursday 18th January 2024 - Year 6 Forest School

We began our session with Jon by embracing the cold and admiring God's creation. We took photographs of the snow-covered grounds and found aspects of nature that looked beautiful when covered by the snow. During the Maya-themed part of our forest school, we had 3 main activities: making a bow and arrow, building a Maya settlement from natural resources and designing and making Maya jewellery from natural resources. We now understand so much more about our new topic thanks to Jon's session and can talk about the tools and buildings constructed during the Maya civilisation.

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Thursday 25th January 2024 - Year 5 Forest School

In Forest School, we worked in three groups to explore different elements of the lives of the Native American people. One group made tipis out of wooden stakes, ropes and tarpaulin and we discussed how the natives would have used animal skins to insulate them.  Another group created bow and arrows out of willow and we competed in a competition to see who could shoot them the furthest.  We discussed how important these weapons would have been for hunting and food gathering. The third group made dream catchers like those used by the spiritual Native Americans to capture bad spirits.


Thursday 1st February 2024 - Year 4 Forest School



Thursday 8th February 2024 - Year 3 Forest School

Despite the rainy weather, Year 3 still had a fantastic indoor forest school session! We worked in three groups to explore different activities all with a link to our topic on Roman Britain. One group tried to replicate an aqueduct using gutter piping whilst discussing the water transportation system. Another group made some Roman coins out of wooden discs, the children had to use the saw to slice their disc and then sand down the edges before designing their coin. The third group used hammers and nails to put together some Roman numerals. We really enjoyed our cross-curricular morning with Jon!


Thursday 15th February 2024 - Year 2 Forest School



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