Barley Close Community Primary School
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Forest School

Forest School is a unique educational experience that offers children the opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experienced in a woodland environment; we are very fortunate at Barley Close to have our own secluded woodland area. Children engage in motivating and achievable tasks; they play, work with tools, and learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation whilst developing an understanding of the natural world.


We believe the children of Barley Close should have regular access to a natural environment which can encourage them to explore, be resilient, to have respect and pride and to aspire in everyday life both inside and outside of school. 


Our mission is to provide a child centred approach to learning and life which is inclusive for all.  We nurture independent, resilient and respectful children with high ambitions for their future.


Our children take part in forest school each week because:

  • It is beneficial for the children who learn by ‘doing’.
  • Children involved in Forest School become more responsible for their actions and can identify and calculate risks better.
  • Children have increased self confidence.
  • A desire for learning is encouraged and developed.
  • Forest School encourage children to become more active and healthy.
  • Children develop self awareness.
  • Children develop more effective communication skills.
  • Children develop independence and trust.
  • They have fun!


We are very lucky to have highly skilled members of staff who have trained specifically in Forest School delivery, and help us develop our outdoor learning curriculum.


Here are some examples of our Forest School activities; these will depend on the ability and experience of the children:


  • Woodland management and nature exploration
  • Building dens and other structures
  • Controlled fires and cooking
  • Games and invitations for imaginative play
  • Natural crafts
  • Using tools, such as knives and saws
  • Scavenger hunts and adventure
  • Seasonal celebrations   



  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
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