Often called “a classroom without walls,” Forest School offers our children regular opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in our woodland setting. Our children explore, discover and self-initiate their own learning. Through exciting and stimulating play, they learn to understand and respect the natural world.
It is proven from research that learning that takes place in the outdoors is much more powerful and memorable as all the senses are involved. Just being in nature has been shown to have a real and positive effect to children’s mental wellbeing. It can form a new relationship with learning that children can take back in to the classroom.
Sessions will have a focus on building resilience and social skills. A lot of the session will consist of child initiated activities. Each week there will be a planned activity that the children can choose to do.
Alver Valley Schools are lucky enough to have their own woodland on site!

Mr Cook, Mrs Roseblade and Mr Spillane are our Level 3 Forest School Leaders who plan and lead the Forest School sessions, in addition to the Teachers and Teaching Assistants to give a high adult to child ratio.
Play at Forest School allows children to encounter and experience risk in a safe environment, supported by adults. Our site is fully risk assessed before children begin their Forest School session. Children are also taught the Forest School rules, whereby they must stay within the boundaries, not pick anything or put anything in their mouths and look after their Forest School environment.
The Forest School Leaders have the specialist Outdoor First Aid Training certification.
If you have any further questions or concerns, however small, please speak with the Forest School leaders Mr Cook, Mrs Roseblade or Mr Spillane who will be happy to discuss any queries with you.

To read more about Alver Valley Forest School read our Spotlight Article.
For more information see the Forest School Association website.