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Forest School

Forest School is an essential part of the West Rise experience. It is embedded in our curriculum and promotes our school’s character traits: perseverance/resilience, kindness, teamwork, gratitude and a love for learning.

Both children and adults have time to regularly connect with nature. They visit the marsh, the local park or school grounds each week, whatever the weather. It is challenging, character building and fun! Whether working in sub-zero temperatures, warm sun, howling wind or knee-deep mud, the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the group never wanes.

Cooking on the fire

Each child takes part in Forest School for one term every year. They work together in groups of 16 with children from across the year group.  Our Forest School activities are nature inspired and include: fire building and lighting, green woodworking, pond dipping, bird watching, bug hunting, nature based crafts and games. We teach all the food technology at West Rise through campfire cooking at forest school.

Helen Stringfellow, Lisa Murphy and Paul Hemmings are the forest school team.

See our Forest School blog for more.