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Church of England Community Academy Trust

Forest Schools

Forest School 



“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning.”

Forest School Association (FSA)


Forest school at Freemantle Academy


Our school ethos is to develop the ‘whole child’ and provide children with a wealth of different opportunities during their time at our school. The outdoor area is used to enhance the curriculum wherever possible, with Forest school sessions taking place three afternoons a week. Freemantle is an inner city school with limited grounds; however we have developed two wonderful nature areas which include a pond area, a small wooded walkway, a wild flower meadow and a fire pit area. These areas offer a unique teaching and learning experience which seems a world away from the busy inner city suburb it is situated in. The nature areas are ever changing environments, capturing children’s curiosity, stimulating their senses, building their self-confidence and nurturing their well-being. They provide endless opportunities to explore and enquire, developing language and reasoning skills, independence and perseverance.


All children in year 1, year 3 and year 5 will have an opportunity to attend Forest school sessions for half a term. Parents/carers will be notified of this by letter. If you have any questions about Forest school, please speak to Mrs Steinman.