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Forest School

What is Forest School?

We are very excited to be able to offer Forest School sessions to many classes this year at Holy Cross. Originating in Scandinavia, Forest School is an inspirational way of learning in a woodland environment where people of all ages and abilities can develop socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a child centred and child led programme that provides opportunities for children to use their own personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks. It embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of all participants.

In this age, many children have fewer opportunities to be outdoors as we live in an ever increasing world of technology. Forest school offers them a practical way to learn and experience a full curriculum outside in the fresh air.  We are very fortunate at Holy Cross to have the woodland area on our school grounds which is the ideal location for the children to go out and explore, learn and have fun in all seasons and weathers.

Through regular sessions in the same area of woodland with the Forest School Leader, children can develop:

  • confidence,
  • independence, self-esteem,
  • communication, social skills, teamwork
  • awareness of self and others,
  • natural motivation
  • problem solving
  • risk taking
  • creativity
  • A positive attitude to learning.

Mrs Allardyce is our Forest School leader. She will be taking all classes outside every week during the school day.

In forest school there is ‘No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!’

Please ensure your child has boots that are named in school. These are to be kept safe in the class boxes. Children also need to ensure their legs are covered as well. If you would prefer, your child can keep a spare pair of old trousers in school.  As the weather gets colder, please send in gloves, hats and any waterproofs they may wish to wear.

Please look out for the newsletter each week, as there are always wonderful pictures of the children’s learning outside.


Holy Cross CatholicPrimary Academy

Tracyes Road, Harlow,

Essex, CM18 6JJ

01279 424452