Originating in Scandinavia, the concept of Forest School is becoming more popular in UK schools. South Lee has a well-established Forest School as we see the huge benefits child gain from learning in nature. Apart from being in the fresh air, Forest School develops children’s skills set in practical building, problem-solving and collaboration, as well as fostering a deeper understanding of nature, eco-systems and sustainability. It really helps to build their confidence and self-esteem too. We have a large, dedicated Forest School space with three areas and two outdoor classrooms. Unlike most other schools, children benefit from Forest School the whole way through from Nursery to Year 8.

Forest School aims to encourage and inspire children of all ages through positive outdoor experiences. During the Forest School sessions, children are given time, space and freedom to explore using all their senses.

These sessions aim to develop:

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-regulation

  • Intrinsic motivation

  • Empathy

  • Communication skills

  • Independence

  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence


All Forest School activities will be held within school grounds, in our well established safe woodland area by a qualified Forest School leader. Activities include making ‘Muddy Faces’, playing in the ‘Mud Kitchen’ and making ‘Animal Shelters’.