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Forest School


Outdoor Curriculum

At Earls Colne we understand the importance of the outside environment and how it impacts on the well-being and development of our students and staff. Here at Earls Colne we are lucky to have an Outdoor Nurture Teacher (Mrs Flaherty) who is a Level 3 Forest School teacher and uses Eco-sensory Informed practise in her facilitator role.  Mrs Flaherty works with smaller groups delivering Forest school sessions, nurture groups and is outdoor learning Co-ordinator. 


What is outdoor Learning?

Outdoor learning is not an extra topic or subject, it is a tool used for teaching. It is the notion that a 'classroom' is bigger than the 4 walls we so often associate it with.  Outdoor learning uses the schools amazing spaces to deliver the curriculum in more engaging and relevant ways. Taking the learning and the learning objectives outside. Whether it is positional language in maths being taught just outside the classroom door, creative writing in Tom's Garden or Science in the playground if there is an opportunity to take it outside, we will strive to do so. We believe having some lessons taught this way develops creativity, imagination, offers new opportunities and promotes a healthy body and mind.



What is Forest School?

Forest school is different to outdoor learning and these sessions can be summarised as one that aims to put the child at the centre of their own learning.  The child-led approach to these sessions allows the children freedom to choose which activities to partake in, it is a process for the pupils to develop confidence, self-esteem through hands on learning.  The sessions take place on the school site in Tom's Garden over a period of sessions, which allows the children to develop resilience, problem solving skills and learn how to take calculated risks. 


Forest School Kit List

Forest school takes place in all weathers, so the correct kit is essential for your child to get the full benefits from the sessions. 

If you have any issues with kit do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Flaherty.

Any donations of outgrown outdoor clothing/accessories always welcome too!


Spring and Summer

Autumn and Winter

  • Sun hat
  • Long sleeve top
  • Jogging bottoms
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket (rainy weather)
  • Wellingtons
  • Long socks
  • Sun cream 
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Long sleeve top
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof bottoms
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Long woolly socks/Extra socks
  • Wellingtons 
Lots of layers of thin clothing (keeps you warmer than a thick jumper)

Latest Notices

Plastic Pirates! 


Our middle phase really pulled it out of the bag with incredible performances for the school and their families.