Forest School at Collingbourne

Welcome to Forest School at Collingbourne!

We are very pleased to offer this exciting activity to all of our pupils from Year 1 to 6. Children will typically enjoy 3 blocks of 6 weekly sessions across the school year.

Additional sessions will be offered to our more vulnerable children as part of our wellbeing and mindfulness focus.

What to expect

At Collingbourne we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to develop the whole child. Forest School will offer the same broad range of experiences designed to develop the whole child; physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and morally.

We aim to challenge and support the children to become independent resilient learners who enjoy trying out their ideas, working together with their peers to solve problems and conquer challenges.

Some of the challenges might include:

Shelter building Using tools
Fire lighting Forest art
Using a Ghillie Kettle Planting and harvesting
Carving and whittling Sculpture with natural materials
Looking after wildlife Building bird boxes
Group games Drama
Looking closely at wildlife Cooking on an open fire
Pond dipping Learning knots
Physical challenges Building bug homes
Rope and string work Bug hunting
Traditional woodland craft Team games
Telling and listening to stories Free play


All activities are risk assessed online through Wiltshire Council’s Evolve Risk Assessment and agreed by Head-teacher.

Forest School Staff and Responsibilities

Collingbourne Forest School is planned and led by Mrs Jill Stevens (Level 3 Forest School Practioner) who has many years of experience leading these types of activities.

Sessions may be supported by other Collingbourne Staff or local volunteers.

Mrs Stevens is first aid trained and holds the Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3 qualification and the Forest School First Aid Certificate which covers outdoor first aid and emergencies.