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Shipham Church of England First School

Forest School



Along one side of our grounds is a rough area that we use for Forest School activities. It is also home to our hens, which roam freely during the day and are cooped up safely at the end of each day by the children in Green Club.


This area provides a place where children can be challenged and explore. They go out in all weather and keep a pair of wellies and a set of old clothes at school. Children have built their own shelters; cooked Viking bread on an open fire; gone on a bear hunt and made their own musical instruments. We share the use of this area with Pre-School, and it is in use almost every day.


Children also go outdoors to help them with curriculum subjects. Concentration is often better in the open air, and children can learn very effectively through more challenging and creative ways of approaching literacy, maths or science.