Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School


Forest Schools


 ‘Forest Schools’ at Fittleworth C E Village school.

What is a Forest School?

Forest school activities include:

  • Games such as hide and seek.
  • Building shelters
  • Learning how to use appropriate tools
  • Lighting fires
  • Cooking.
  • Basic woodland skills as a method to boost self-confidence and raise self-esteem. The participants learn to use natural materials and develop practical and intellectual skills, which can be linked with the National Curriculum.

The activities through which the curriculum can be delivered are based on elements of natural crafts, wood/bush crafts, art and drama, storytelling, outdoor cooking, natural history, games and teamwork, environmental studies and countryside lore. An important aspect is to enable pupils to acquire age/experience appropriate skills including keeping safe in the outdoor environment, using hand tools for crafts and the safe use of fire.

More information about forest schools is available on the Forest Schools Association web site


  • Before anyone can lead forest schools activities, they must hold an up to date first aid qualification. Either a First Aid at Work (3 days or 18 hours) or the Intermediate Temporary Care (ITC) Qualification First Aid in the Outdoors (2 days or 16 hours) valid for 3 years are sufficient. Due to the outdoor nature of the work it is recommended that the ITC qualification is gained in addition to the First Aid at Work especially if Forest School sessions are to be led in remote locations. There are equivalent first aid qualifications (eg Wilderness/ Expedition first Aid) that may be appropriate.
  • Leaders must be DBS (CRB) checked
  • Teachers working within Local Authority schools must have had some evidence of training and assessed competence, to at least a level two standard.
  • Comprehensive written risk assessments of the Forest School site, tools and activities must be completed and submitted as part of ‘Evolve’
  • An up-to-date forest school specific Health & Safety manual including guidelines on child protection, emergency procedures needs to be in place.
  • Appropriate safety equipment on site i.e. group 1st aid kit, water bucket and fire blanket if using fire.
  • A minimum public liability insurance policy of £5million is required of all external providers.
  • All Forest School sessions are categorized as adventurous activity. As such they must have prior approval using the ‘Evolve’ system before they can take place.


  • On-going ecological impact assessment and management of the woodland site used for Forest School
  • Maintain high ratio of trained staff to children or students. Typically 2 staff to a maximum of 15 children
  • On-going evaluation of learning and personal development of all those involved in Forest School
  • The group (typically up to a maximum of 15) visit the same local woodland site on a regular basis (once a week or fortnightly) ideally throughout the year, except in extreme conditions.



 Yr 3 

The Yr 3's are loving their set of Forest School sessions. They started their sessions in February and will continue until the end of April.

It is one of the best times to be in the forest as the children get to see the forest change from winter to spring. We have noticed the forest floor come to life with a variety of flowers and the branches of the trees forming buds which are now beginning to sprout leaves.

The children are enjoying writing and drawing in their Forest School journal as well as a variety of other activities. Their final session will consist of a picnic lunch and yummy treats cooked on the open fire.


Yr 2 

The yr 2's have been enjoying their set of Forest School sessions. They have been exploring the forest and discovering what lives in the woodland. They have been busy creating new homes and playgrounds for the forest creatures to enjoy. They have been noticing the changes in the forest each week. The change in colours and what has fallen from the trees is always a joy to discover.

Yr 6 

Yr 6 have been enjoying the mild weather in the forest this autumn term.

They enjoyed a range of activities including shelter building, fire building and whittling using fixed bladed knives.

During the final sessions, the children will spend the whole day in the forest preparing and cooking their lunch.