‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Our approach to Forest School

At Whitegate CE Primary School, developing children who are able to make a positive change in the world is so important. As we encourage all pupils to grow in faith, being outside in creation allows everyone to see the beauty and complexity of the world we live in and gaze in awe and wonder. We want our children to love the world they are in and grow to make a positive impact in it through being wise citizens.

Our engaging and active forest school sessions are a key component in our reinforcing of physical skills but more vitally allow the children to be children. Using equipment they may not normally have chance to use, make fires and dens and being at one with nature all help to develop each child personally and spiritually. We want the lessons we teach in the forest to help pupils understand the importance of our role in being stewards of the world we live in.

Using the local forest, each class throughout the school takes part in sessions. All year groups from year 1 to year 6 have a set of regular sessions over the year, rather than one off visits (yet these too do take place in addition to the blocks). Through regular sessions, we aim to foster the skills of resilience and confidence and allow the children to succeed and problem solve as individuals and as part of groups.

Through exposure to exciting challenges, exposure to appropriate risks, working collaboratively and individually and experiencing success we enable our pupils to grow to love each other, love nature and desire live in peace with it.


If you have any questions regarding Forest School, please contact the school office.


Sing, O Heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed you and will be glorified in all the earth!


Isaiah 44:23

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