Forest School

We feel so privileged to have our very own Forest School site at Manor Farm Junior School. There are so many positive benefits to outdoor learning – having fun whilst learning, in particular!

Forest school is outdoor, nature-based learning that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. Observation, rather than direction, is key and children learn to care for the natural environment through their activities. Forest school is a regular, long-term process, rather than a one-off. It helps children develop many skills that are hard to teach in the classroom and ties in with many areas of the National Curriculum (e.g., studying mini beasts and plant life relates to the science curriculum).



Mrs Legg started teaching at MFJS in September 2020, just a few months after starting her training to become a Forest School Leader. Upon discovering our Eco Area, she asked if she could develop it to create a brand-new outdoor learning environment for the students to use and enjoy. The School Leadership Team embraced this, and we started work on the site. Mrs Legg is now a fully qualified Forest School Leader. With the sessions now fully established, Mrs Legg’s plans are to run Forest School for years to come at Manor Farm Community Junior School.

Some benefits of Forest School are:

  • Building confidence and independence
  • Feeling empathy for others and nature
  • Physical fitness
  • Physical health benefits
  • Improved mental health
  • Learning by experience
  • Exposure to manageable risk
  • Better sleep and mood


Further information about Forest School can be found on this website:

Forest School Association.

Click here for our Forest School Rules

Click here for the Forest Sch Autumn Term Schedule

And lastly, one more amazing benefit to having the site is the introduction of our Photography club! Click here to see some of the wonderful photos produced: Photography Club