Limpsfield C.E. Infant School

Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Limpsfield Infants Forest school provides a specialised learning approach that offers our children regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the woodland.

Our Forest School is walking distance from the school and is situated within ancient woodland next to Limpsfield Common. Carpeted with beautiful bluebells in Spring, it provides a wonderful setting for the children’s learning all year round. We also make use of the Community Orchard nearby, which is run on organic lines and home to over 30 fruit trees, as well as a haven for wildlife and wild flowers.

Sessions run through the seasons, come rain or shine; only in truly extreme weather do we make alternate plans. Fortnightly sessions from Reception to Year 2 mean that the children are particularly connected with nature; they are aware of changes that take place within our woodland through the year, the plants and animals that they share the space with and the importance of taking care of the natural world.

Whilst in the woodland, the children have the chance to play, explore and take supported risks. They develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Though there are planned themes with activities on offer, the children are able to choose, initiate and drive their own learning, which is then scaffolded and developed by our Forest School Leader.

By the time children reach the end of Year 2, they will have had the opportunity to learn about woodcraft, work safely with tools such as peelers, hand drills, knives and saws, how to gather wood, construct and light a fire, build structures on a small and large scale, use nature in art and identify plant and animal life within the woodland environment.

Through Forest School, the children are developing skills that they can then draw on when they are back in the classroom learning environment; creativity and creative thinking, confidence and self-esteem, resilience and independence, team-building, turn-taking, as well as practising fine and gross motor skills.