Forest School


Mrs Deb Smith

Forest School Teacher

Forest School Langley and Coppice schools are very lucky to be surrounded by a strip of mature woodland within the grounds. We are able to use the woods for all sorts of outdoor and environmental activities, often linking what the children are learning in the classroom, to real hands-on experiences outside. Langley also has a newly established wildlife garden, which classes are able to use to complement their learning in a range of subjects such as maths, science and literacy.
Forest School is led by Deb Smith who is a qualified Level 3 Practitioner. We have a wonderful outdoor classroom-Hollies, which is our base and leads straight out into our established Forest School site.
Forest School sessions provide a safe, natural and fun environment for children to develop:
  • Social skills
  • Physical ability
  • Self-esteem
  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Communication
  • Curiosity and motivation to learn and explore.
It also fosters children’s respect for one another, themselves, the natural world and their local community. And enhances their knowledge of nature and the changing seasons.
For many of our children, simply being able to explore a different environment and to get their hands dirty is a special and important new experience.
The children are provided with warm and waterproof clothing to enable them to work in all weathers – we don't have to come in if it starts to rain!
Some of the Langley School children have been able to work with children from Coppice School during lunchtimes. We have enjoyed getting to know one another, have had fun playing and learning together and have been carrying out some of the work needed to manage and care for the woodland area.