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Forest school at Willowbank


At Willowbank we recognise the value of giving children the time and space they need to explore their own thoughts, feelings and interests and what it means to ‘be me’. Our Personal Development curriculum plays a big part in what we do at Forest school. We want every child to be able to:

  • Celebrate who they are including their individuality and differences.


  • Develop into strong, resilient, strong and independent individuals who are able to keep physically and mentally fit.



  • Have fun exploring their own interests and talents in a supportive and exciting environment.


  • Learn how to be responsible, active citizens who can contribute to society as well as learning how to have an appreciation of what the ideas of diversity, liberty and respect are and how we can celebrate them.


Forest school provides a range of experiences for the children which allow every  child to be successful. You can find out more information on our Forest school statements.  


For more information about our Personal development curriculum please head over to our curriculum page. 


Our areas

We are really lucky to have a dedicated area for Forest school which is used every day by classes and groups of children. The garden is equipped with an outdoor classroom enabling us to go out in any weather! We have recently installed a new pond and nature area full of newts, frogs and butterflies. The children adore this area, especially pond dipping. 


We love to plant flowers and vegetables and we have a polytunnel and allotment where this year we grew pumpkins, runner beans, onions, strawberries and potatoes. We also have a small orchard full of new fruit tree saplings. 

You can keep up with our Forest school adventures on our school Facebook group or if you are in school why not take a look at our floorbooks.