Here at St Stephen's Primary School we are committed to giving children the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment and receive the benefits and experiences the natural world has to offer. Taking learning outside is beneficial in promoting children’s self esteem, well-being, creativity, collaborative learning, team building and problem solving all through hands on experience.
Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, and independent learners, these qualities feedback positively into the classroom and other settings.
Children are encouraged to be curious, explore and take managed risks, every child is the centre of their own learning.
Our sessions are led by Mrs Louise Lomax who has been a qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner for 10 years. Mrs Lomax is assisted by our school Site Manager Mr Williams and one of our school governors, Mr Seggie.
Our woodland setting is an ever-evolving area at the rear of the school. The area began life as an overgrown, bramble strewn wild area which, thanks to Mr Williams and Mr Seggie's hard work and determination, was cleared to reveal a small, but perfectly formed wooded area which offered lots of Forest School potential!! Four years later, we now are able to offer our children not only regular Forest School sessions each Wednesday afternoon, but also an extra area for any class to explore and use as an extension of their classroom!