Forest School

What is Forest Schools?

Forest school was first developed as an approach to learning about the natural world and is now a feature in many schools across the country and Essex. 

It is an approach to learning that involves regular sessions outdoors. It connects children with, and develops an appreciation of the outdoor environment. It offers challenging activities that enable children to take responsibility, manage risk, foster resilience and develop confidence in order to become independent and creative learners.

With our woodland environment, Hockley Primary School is an ideal environment for Forest School as it will enhance the existing opportunities for the children.

Forest Schools sessions at Hockley Primary School


As part of our existing Forest Schools programme, the school has an opportunity to work with a trained Forest School Leader as part of our establishing and ongoing programme of Forest Schools across the school.

The children will participate in a variety of activities including shelter and den building, rope swinging and playing in mud. They sing songs, make music and play games. Although activities are planned and available the children are able to choose and self-direct and develop their play in their own way.

As sessions develop a variety of tools may be used to make badges, beads and other items which would be overseen by the trained Forest School Leader.

If your child is interested in joining Forest Schools or would like some more information

please feel free to contact the office; 01702 202394 or