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Forest School at St Joseph's


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December 1st - Re:  Forest School clothing


The weather is getting much colder at Forest School and it is really important that your child has the correct kit in school.


They now need old trousers, a long sleeved top, a warm fleece or jumper, waterproof trousers and coat, wellington boots, hat, scarf and gloves. Please have a separate bag for their wellies, it is getting muddy during the Winter. 


If your child is wearing tights to school, please make sure that they have spare socks and when it gets really cold it would be a good idea for all children to have an extra pair of socks in school.


We are finding that the weather changes very quickly whilst on the field and it is better to have layers that they can take off rather than getting cold.


This all needs to go in a named bag. If you are not sure what your child has in school currently, please speak with your class teacher, so that you can check and make sure they have the correct clothing.

This is the timetable for Forest School.  Each session will take place regardless of weather unless safety is at risk e.g. high winds. A risk assessment will be carried out every morning prior to the children’s visit.








Class 1(10.45-12pm)



Class 2

Class 3

Class 4


Nursery class will have Forest School once every half term.




An exciting part of Forest School is learning to build a fire.

Children have toasted marshmallows and made damper bread.


Forest School is an approach to education that embraces the outdoors as a learning environment. Children experience weekly sessions in a designated Forest School site.

Children continue to follow the National Curriculum but in an outdoor context, using learning and teaching strategies which raise self-esteem, develop confidence, independence and language and communication skills.

At Forest School children learn to assess and manage risks and develop life long learning skills. Forest School has physical, social and health benefits; helping young people to enjoy physical activity outdoors in increasingly sedentary lives.

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we are very fortunate to have a Forest School site within the school grounds. Miss Snaith is our trained Forest School Leader .

Forest School takes place in all weathers and all seasons. Children and adults must be dressed appropriately as 'there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!



We are in need of the following items:

  • Wellington boots that are still in good enough condition to be used by other children.
  • Unwanted saucepans, pans and lids
  • Buckets /washing up bowls (small and large)

Any second hand good condition waterproofs that your child may have grown out of.