Woodlanders Forest School

Woodlanders forest school is based within woodland at the River Dart Country park near Ashburton. It is run by forest school leaders and other qualified staff who are experienced in working with children. Forest school is based on the ethos of children learning and exploring using their natural environment. Everything has a very ‘hands on’ approach, where the children are encouraged to use tools, investigate the woodland, learn about wildlife, and experience camp fires. All activities aim to promote independence, self-esteem, and a real sense of the outdoor world. Each session starts with a walk down to the site, which takes us through the woodland. When we arrive at the site, we always begin with a safety talk which focuses on being safe around the fire, and ensuring that all children are aware of the boundary (this is marked out with barrier tape). We always plan a focused activity for the session, which is highlighted on the topic plan that you will receive each half term. We finish the session with a hot chocolate and a snack around the camp fire. This gives us a great opportunity to discuss what we have done, and listen to each other’s experiences. We warmly welcome all parents to come along to see the site, and what the sessions entail. Please speak to a member of staff to arrange this. All our operational procedures, risk assessments, policies and procedures are detailed in our handbook. This is available on request.

Transport: If your child is continuing their day back at Woodlanders, we will provide transport back at a small cost. If you wish your child to just attend the morning session at forest school, then we ask you to collect them at 12.15pm.

Session Times:

Tuesday         9.15am – 12.15

Wednesday   9.15am – 12.15

Thursday       9.15am – 12.15

Kit List:

All Forest School sessions take place outside in the woodland. It is therefore essential that the children are kitted out with appropriate gear in order for them to get the most from their session.