Forest Schools

The Forest School Ethos.

Forest School is a unique educational experience that offers young people the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. Young people engage in motivating and achievable tasks and activities . Forest School is really good for building self-confidence; getting motivated; managing stress and having fun.

Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of everyone involved. Developing resilience, confidence, independent and creative learners.

Forest School encourages young people to: 

  •  develop personal and social skills
  •  work through practical problems and challenges
  •  use tools to create, build or manage
  •  discover how they learn best
  •  pursue knowledge that interests them
  •  learn how to manage failures and so build resilience
  •  build confidence in decision making and evaluating risk
  •  develop practical skills
  •  understand the benefits of a balanced and healthy lifestyle
  •  develop a greater understanding of the natural world
  •  regularly experience achievement and success
  •  reflect on learning and experiences
  •  develop language and communication skills
  •  improve physical motor skills
  •  become more motivated
  •  improve  concentration skills

 Activities for Forest School

Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities. The natural resources in our woodland are used to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play. All sessions will be designed around the needs of the group and are learner-led. All sessions designed and planned around a theme. The activities will be set up so all young people can succeed at the activity set (achievable tasks). Teamwork skills will develop through appropriate games and activities. Individual skills and self-esteem are encouraged and develop through shelter building, fire lighting, tracking games and so many other activities, the list is endless. Each activity encourages intra and inter-personal skills. As well as practical and intellectual skills the young people will get the opportunity to use tools but in a traditional woodland manner.

Some activities might include: Shelter building, Fire lighting, Tool use, Studying wildlife, Playing team and group games, Sensory activities,Tracking games Cooking on an open fire, Rope and string work, Art and sculpture work, Woodland and traditional craft, Developing stories and drama. Natural jewellery making, and mindfulness.


Ancora House School, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Cheshire, CH2 1BQ

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