Forest School

At OLSE we are very excited to deliver ‘Forest School Sessions’ every Monday, led by Mrs Harrison and Mrs Nicholson. This Advent Term, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils will be experiencing Forest School and we are looking forward to exploring the Autumn and Winter Seasons in our church garden. 

What is Forest School?

The Forest School principles were first brought to the UK in the 1990s from the highly successful Scandinavian practice of outdoor education. We aim to provide children at OLSE with the opportunity to learn from first-hand experience in an outdoor, natural environment and have been kindly granted access to the church grounds for use as our ‘Forest School Site’.

Forest School sessions aim to encourage exploration and play in a natural environment in order to enhance and grow child’s social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and spiritual development.

Forest School Activities:

Under the guidance and supervision of the Forest School Leaders, our children will experience a range of activities that may include:

  • Shelter and den building – tying ropes in different ways.
  • Using hand tools – including bow-saws, mallets, loppers and knives.
  • Investigating nature – mini-beast hunting and bird watching
  • Growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables.
  • Cooking on an open camp fire.
  • Natural art and wood craft.
  • Team building games
  • Woodland stories


Children will need appropriate clothing for their forest school sessions (clothes to keep warm, dry and that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy!) and for health and safety reasons, children who do not have the appropriate kit will not be able to take part. Children need to be protected from the weather as we will be outside ‘come rain or shine!’

Please follow the kit list below and note arms and legs must be covered at all times.

  • Warm base layers: vest/long sleeve top/jumper/jogging bottoms
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thick socks
  • Wellies/walking boots
  • Hats and gloves when cold
  • Waterproof trousers (desirable but not essential)

31/01/2022 – A cold and very windy day meant no forest school under the trees, but we still had fun building our resilience with rope tying, rope and elastic games. Great job years 3 and 4!

17/01/2022 – A frosty forest school saw us learning about life processes and having fun playing team games – using our senses. Super bird listeners heard a noisy great-tit and a magpie in the garden today. Well done Year 3.

10/01/2022 – Welcome back to Forest School this term for Years 3&4. We reintroduced ourselves to the gardens, played team games and went leaf hunting – identifying flora in winter is a challenge! We even saw a flock of long-tail tits. Well done – a lovely first session.

29/11/2021 – In Forest School today we were looking for tracks in the snow and building shelters for humans and tree fairies! We learned how animals hibernate or migrate to avoid this cold weather and we kept moving – clearing leaves to keep warm. Exploring all the signs of winter!

23/11/2021 – A cold Forest School saw the garden with a beautiful carpet of Autumn leaves. We learned about hedgehogs and how they hibernate. We made mini-dens, created hedgehog pictures and have set up a hibernation shelter. We can’t wait to see if we attract real hedgehogs!

15/11/2021 – A beautiful day for forest school saw us treasure hunting for daffodil bulbs, planting them ready for spring, making symmetrical leaf butterflies, mud pies and playing pine cone plop! A busy, happy day developing our teamwork skills.

08/11/2021 – Lots of ‘apple’ fun in Forest School: apple relay team game, apple boats, apple rope trail and apple printing. Well done everyone – what a lovely day!

08/11/2021 – We have been using our Geography skills in Forest school today, learning about where different apples come from, food miles and tasting some Nottinghamshire apples grown locally. Yum!

02/11/2021 – Back to Forest School and with winter approaching we learned how to make bird feeders, practised our knot tying, made ‘mud nests’ and spotted some feathery friends. Well done KS1.

20/09/2021 – A lovely sunny Forest School session today saw children birdwatching, bug hunting, autumn leaf painting and helping to build our bug hotel for hibernating insects. Great job everyone!

13/09/2021 – We have been spider searching in Forest School today and learning about all the different types of arachnids found in the UK. We are going to build a mini-beast hotel to protect all the important bugs over winter and give them a place to hibernate. #superspiderfinders

06/09/2021 – Forest School is back! The trees have missed us – they needed a hug. Well done year 1 and 2, we had a beautiful day in the gardens today learning about all the different plants, playing team games and collecting different leaves. Super sunny Forest School 🙂