At Avon Tyrrell we offer Forest School inspired programmes based on an educational approach to outdoor play and learning, which encourage and inspire young people through positive outdoor experiences.  Forest Schools is an international movement providing a specialised learning approach which sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. It provides all learners regular opportunities to achieve, developing confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment.

The learner centered approach puts each individual at the forefront of their own learning, allowing for different learning styles to be embraced. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

Forest School consists of regular sessions over a period of time – long-term contact with Forest School is crucial in allowing children the time and opportunity to learn and develop confidence at their own pace.

Program content is led by the young people – focusing on what they need – so that they may get the most out of their experiences.  Sessions cover a wide range of National Curriculum outcomes, with a strong focus on the emotional, physical and mental development. Before starting a Forest School program, our experienced practitioners will discuss with you the specific areas your group would like to focus on, and do all they can to achieve their aims.

Forest School activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploration and play in a natural environment
  • Bushcraft and tool use
  • Mini-beasts and Pond-dipping exploration
  • Creative play and acting
  • Shelter Building 
  • Literacy and Numeracy in the natural environment
  • Being outdoors in all weathers, and all seasons
  • Opportunities to use natural materials for building and artwork
  • Secret places – enabling imaginative, exploratory and creative play
  • Interaction with the environment – tree climbing, fire making, treasure tree

For more information, or to enquire about availability and discuss how we can develop a programme for you, please contact our Guest Services Team on 01425 672347 or email

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