Forest School

Simpson’s Lane Academy aims to use the school grounds and natural outdoor woodland area to offer the children an insight into the Forest School ethos. This approach to outdoor learning encourages children to become independent, use their imagination, take appropriate risks within boundaries and initiate learning for themselves.

Forest School is a holistic approach to learning, incorporating children’s individuality and develops their skills for lifelong learning. It can cover all areas of learning throughout the EYFS and National Curriculum, including the emotional and spiritual aspects of learning where self esteem and self confidence can grow and positive relationships with peers can be formed. Forest School explores the outdoors and the natural environment with practical, useful activities all year round. It develops peer learning with the adults providing support and enabling activities to take place. The child’s interest will be at the heart of any activity.

Simpson’s Lane Academy has many additional policies which will be adhered to alongside this policy during Forest School sessions within our school grounds and woodland.

Forest  School

Forest School is a unique method of outdoor education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.

This is achieved by setting small achievable tasks. The child is never put in a position where he/she will fail so success is attained. It is a child centered and child led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks.


  • To provide children with experiences that encourages an appreciation, awareness and knowledge of the natural environment.
  • To learn to respect and care for their own local environment.
  • To abide by rules and set standards of behaviour, to work cooperatively in groups and to respect each other.
  • Develop children’s self-esteem and self confidence through the setting of small achievable tasks.