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Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!


We aim to provide a safe, nurturing environment and a rich variety of experiences so that all pupils are able to flourish and discover their unique strengths and talents. Our mission is to enable every child to enjoy a life filled with meaning and purpose, underpinned by Christian values, a love of learning and an eagerness to make the world a better place. “Live life in all its fullness” (John 10:10)

Forest School

What is forest school?

For all of you wondering 'What actually is forest school?' Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.


At Heartwood Forest School all participants are viewed as:


  • Equal, unique and valuable
  • Competent to explore and 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


The Forest School ethos has six principles


These principles are:


  1. Forest school is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment.
  2. Forest school takes place in an environment to support and development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  3. Forest school aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  4. Forest school offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  5. Forest school is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
  6. Forest school uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning. 


Heartwood Forest School at Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School


At Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School all the children take part in a weekly Forest School session, where their learning takes place outside in our wonderful, environmentally rich, onsite woodland setting. This enables the children experience and connect with nature.


The children will achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences, trying more risky activities such as tree climbing, building fires, using real tools and den building. 

This term our school value is Compassion and this can be found throughout our time in Heartwood Forest School. The children are learning to support each other if they are struggling, from climbing, digging or just socially building strong friendships.



Clothing for Forest School


As we're heading into Autumn/Winter we wanted to remind you about what clothing will be best for your children.


We encourage children to dress themselves into their forest school clothing and help where necessary.


Please provide clothing so that your children are able, to the best they can, dress independently.


If your child has forest school in the morning please can you make sure they are Forest School ready with waterproofs and wellies already on when they arrive at school. Please bring a change of shoes for when they come back into school.


'There's no bad weather, just bad clothing'

Due to the nature of the activities OLD CLOTHES are a necessity and parents/carers need to understand your child/children will get dirty!!


Spring/summer Autumn Winter
  • Long sleeved tops
  • Long bottoms (joggers/leggings)
  • Jumper/hoody/cardigan
  • Sturdy closed footwear/wellies
  • Waterproofs
  • Sun hats
  • Sun cream
  • Same as Spring/Summer plus
  • warm coat
  • Gloves, hats and scarfs
  • Wellies and socks
  • Thermal waterproofs/all-in-ones/overalls

The key to keeping warm in Autumn/Winter time is lots of thin layers!!!!


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When does my child have Forest School?


  Morning session Afternoon session
Monday Rabbit class Badger class
Tuesday No Forest School No Forest School
Wednesday Foxes class Squirrel class
Thursday Deer class Hedgehog class
Friday Mouse class Mouse class


'Teaching children the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives' - Thomas Berry


'Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better' - Einstein