Forest School

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


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.