Forest School

We are delighted to be running Forest School at Prior Weston. This year, we have been supported by The Garden Classroom who have been running some sessions for our Y1-Y4 children.

The Garden Classroom is a charity dedicated to reconnecting people with nature. Climate change and sustainability are themes that run through all TGC programmes.

We are also incredibly lucky to have two accredited Forest School Lead teachers (Hannah & Asma) who have been running our Year 5 & Year 6 sessions. For the academic year 2023-2024, the sessions have been running at the local Radnor Street Gardens.

Why Forest School?

There are around 1.72 million children living in a city where just 4.6% of it is covered in woodland. Prior Weston is located in the borough of Islington, in the heart of London; It is one of the most heavily built-up boroughs, with only 13% of the borough's land as green space, the second lowest proportion of any local authority in the country. Our children therefore have limited opportunities to access nature and build their relationship with their natural world. We believe that children’s access to nature should be a right; Children should be enabled to foster a relationship with nature through regular personal experiences in order to develop long-term, environmentally sustainable attitudes and practises. Numerous studies have shown the positive impact of time outdoors on children’s (and adults’) wellbeing. Through Forest School, we aim to foster a deep connection and love of nature, through play and observations in all seasons. We believe in creating a safe, non-judgemental and nurturing environment for learners to experiment with their play and take risks.

At Forest School all participants (children and adults) 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

You can find more information about our Forest School offer in our handbook:

"Staff have high expectations of pupils' behaviour"

- Ofsted, 2022