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“I like climbing trees and I love making things like dens. We made trolls once by carving faces in sticks with a knife.” 

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Forest School

Here at Trinity, the first rule of Forest School is to have fun!

Children become familiar with our on-site woodland area from their first days in Reception. They take part in a wide range of activities aimed at developing their self confidence, motivation and concentration, their understanding of nature and their social and communication skills. They are taught by our qualified Forest School Leader to use a range of tools safely and to work together to solve problems and achieve goals. As they move up through Key Stage 1, Forest School continues as part of their curriculum and they start to move further afield with trips to our off-site base at Haldon Forest. Here they discover the secrets of the forest and use their imagination to hunt for trolls and build giant nests or pirate ships. Back at school, they learn basic survival skills such as the safe lighting, tending and extinguishing of fires. The reward of toasting marshmallows over your own fire is long remembered!

As children move into Key Stage 2, they have the opportunity to join the Forest School club. Here the children take greater ownership of projects by deciding together what they would like to do in club sessions. With the Forest School leader as guide and mentor, they hone skills taught to carry out tasks such as making rope swings, creating driftwood Christmas trees or lighting a campfire and making hot chocolate.

During their school day, the Forest School area is used as a cross-curricular resource for Key Stage 2. Projects as diverse as Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork and Horrible Histories style wattle and daub wall building have been seen down in the woods. Take a look through our gallery of photos to view some of the events and activities that have been taking place at Forest School.

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