Forest School

 Forest School is an approach to education that embraces the outdoors as a learning environment. It is about children  experiencing regular, weekly sessions in a designated Forest School site using teaching and learning strategies to  raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence, language and communication skills.

 At forest School children develop their own learning styles  by leading their own learning and are encouraged to explore and  experience the natural world through hands-on activities.  Children also learn to assess and manage risks and develop  lifelong learning skills. Forest School has physical, social and health benefits that encourage the  enjoyment of physical outdoor activities.


 At Gallions Mount we are very fortunate to have our Forest School site within the school grounds. We have a trained Forest School  Leader, Sarah Schutz, who holds a Level 3 qualification and currently leads sessions with children in Foundation Stage each week.  Sarah also holds a Forest School after school club during the summer term allowing all children who do not access Forest School  through the curriculum to participate.

 Forest School takes place in all weathers and all seasons. Children and adults  must be dressed appropriately as 'there is no such  thing as bad weather, just bad  clothing!' We supply the children with full waterproof clothing but ask that they  bring their own  wellies.