Forest Schools

Forest Schools at Hemingbrough Primary School


At Hemingbrough Primary School we run a Forest Schools from our own school grounds.


 A Forest School allows children to become comfortable with an outdoor approach to education and play in familiar surroundings.  A fully trained Forest School practitioner (Kate Taylor - Sporting Start) runs the forest school with groups of children throughout school. The children have the opportunity to engage with hands-on learning in a wild natural environment.


Forest school sessions are fantastic at bringing out the potential of all children, especially those who struggle in mainstream schooling. We’re passionate about our forest school sessions as we see, time and again, the brilliant results that regular sessions can provide.


All of our forest school activities are designed to promote personal development, teamwork and leadership, as well as inspire an enduring passion for fresh air and the great outdoors.


All sessions are designed around the needs of  our classes, to ensure that they are learner-led. Sessions are sometimes designed around a theme, themes are sometimes subtle such as evolving or exploring the site or more obvious such as Romans, butterflies, spies, fairies or nature investigators.


Teamwork skills are developed through games and activities. Individual skills and self-esteem are heightened throughout activities such as hide and seek, shelter building, tool skills, lighting fires or environmental art, the list is endless. Each activity develops intra and inter-personal skills as well as practical and intellectual skills.

Throughout the year each class will have an opportunity to take part in forest school activities. These will take place outside in all weathers!


These will be on Thursday afternoons, this Autumn term Cedar class will be taking part, starting next week on Thursday 22nd September 2022 and ending Thursday 20th October 2022.


They will need to bring a change of clothing on these days: -

Outdoor/Warm Clothing (this is likely to get dirty!)

Change of footwear (old trainers/wellies)

Waterproof coat/jacket