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St. Paul's C of E VA

Primary and Nursery School

Walk on Water

Learning Outside the Classroom

Forest School/ Environmental Studies


For all children to engage confidently with the natural environment and gain a broad range of outdoor knowledge, understanding and skill.   

  • Learn to be responsible and interact positively with the outdoor environment.
  • Develop social skills, independency and imagination.
  • Develop exploration, risk taking, problem solving and natural enquiry.
  • Make strong curriculum links.


  • Plan and undertake regularly varied outdoor learning sessions to reinforce a broad range of classroom themes.
  • Utilise outdoor activities to develop social interactions and team work.
  • Use basic tools confidently and safely.
  • Engage in fire lighting, outdoor cooking and knot tying.
  • Recognise and name common fauna and flora in the local environment.


  • Successfully reinforce classroom learning to support children’s understanding of real-world situations.
  • Respect for the outdoors and the ability to take responsible actions when engaging with the outdoor environment.
  • Successfully undertake practical skills.
  • Confident in the outdoor environment and will recognise and name common fauna and flora.