Forest School

At Derwentvale we work with Cumbria Outdoors to offer Forest School sessions. School day long sessions are delivered weekly, commencing at the beginning of the school term and running to the end of term, or over two terms. The programme is tailored to the needs of the group and individuals. The sessions take place in the woodland at Cumbria Outdoors Hawse End Centre, based on the shores of Derwentwater.

What is Forest School?

Children exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical activities in a woodland environment, and to develop life-long skills including self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, empathy, social skills, independence, confidence, self-esteem and perseverance. Activities offered draw on children’s interests and give them the time and space to explore, learn about and understand the natural world, boundaries, risk, co-operation and encourage enquiry skills and creativity.

What happens at Forest School?

Through a balance of planning by the Forest School Leader and children’s choice activities can include storytelling, strategic games, investigations using natural materials, den/shelter building, tying knots for a range of purposes such as making swings and rope bridges, using tools/whittling, making crafts from natural materials, outdoor cooking, learning about and making fire using fire steels, ground art, animal identification and tracking, identifying and investigating flora and fauna.