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Flash Ley Community Primary School

Believe to Achieve


Forest School

The Forest School practitioner at Flash Ley is Mr Bamber

About Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.

At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

  • equal, unique and valuable
  • competent to explore & discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

This learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers

Den Day Friday 24th June 

The rain held off today and another amazing Den Day was held on the field with over 50 dads, grandfathers and uncles coming to build dens on the field. After the dens were built, it was time to explore the field and woods. There was a map reading and orienteering course as well as minibeast hunts and lots of other activities to take part in.

Thank you all for coming!

Den Day Friday 17th June

After a quick briefing in the hall, we all headed out to the field where everyone started building their dens. Most were in the shade as it was a very hot day! 

Then it was to time to explore the field and woods, reading a map, or maybe go on a minibeast hunt.

Then it was lunch time - fish and chips and then time to pack up and head home.

A great day and thank you everyone for taking part!

Year 5

Brrrrr it was cold this afternoon! Bright sunshine followed by light snow showers! We still had lots of fun though. We explored the forest and looked at all the different flowers we have at the moment. It was surprising how much pollen was in the daffodils!

Year 3

This afternoon Year 3  went into the woods to build shelters and find out about life in the stone age. They also found out about fire lighting and saw how  bow drill can be used to make fire!



Year 4 8th December

Year 4 had a lovely (if cold) afternoon building dens and testing them. They had some great ideas which they were able to incorporate into their structures!

Year 6 25th November

Year 6 had a great afternoon outside building shelters. As an added incentive the shelters were tested with some 'artificial rain'. Luckily she shelters mostly held up well!

Cooking with Fire!

We had a great afternoon lighting fires, and then we made a big fire and cooked bread on it.