Forest School Education

Freedom to explore in an idyllic setting


“We are proud to be the first FSA Recognised Forest School provider in Norfolk. Outdoor learning is an integral part of pupils’ lives here on our idyllic 100 acre woodlands site and the FSA’s official award is testament to all the excellent work our dedicated Forest School leaders undertake.”

Taverham Hall’s 100 acres of ancient woodland provides the perfect environment for our Forest School in which to bring learning to life. A range of evidence, originating in Scandinavia and supported by the British Government, validates the importance of hands-on learning outside the classroom.

“When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.”

We are thrilled to be the first school in the county to have secured the FSA Recognised Forest School Provider award from the Forest School Association (FSA). The FSA is the professional body and UK wide voice for all things Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for All’.

FSA commented: “We are delighted to celebrate our first recognised Forest School Provider in Norfolk! Congratulations to Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall.”

You can read more about this news here:

At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall we have tested outside-learning theories and reaped the rewards. Children, in Early Years, Pre-Prep and the Prep School, let their imaginations run wild all year round, in Donkey Pen, Elephant’s Nest and other areas within the extensive grounds. Structured tasks and achievable goals are set to increase self-confidence and encourage teamwork. Tending their own gardens also helps children to understand responsibility.

‘The surrounding parkland is a paradise for pupils…’ ISI

National Curriculum subjects are reinforced and supported by practical, hands-on learning. Science, geography, art and drama are just some of the subjects continued outside the classroom. Carefully planned and supervised activities allow children to take risks and make choices appropriate to their age and ability. Learning follows ‘enquiry through exploration’ principles.

‘The curriculum is significantly enhanced by sessions in the Forest School.’ ISI

To read more about Forest School:

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s Forest School information leaflet

  • Walks and trails in the woodland
  • Building dens and shelters
  • Arts and craft – creating items out of natural resources
  • Team building games and activities
  • Story telling
  • Pond dipping
  • Investigating flora and fauna
  • Learning about minibeasts
  • Managing the woodland
  • Understanding and exploring the seasons
  • Practical knotting skills
  • Science in the outdoors – nature studies
  • Geography – understanding the world environment
  • Collection wood and learning how to build a campfire
  • Toasting marshmallows on a campfire
  • Using the trees, plants and wildlife to give inspiration for creativity
  • Growing, cooking and eating your own produce
  • Baking Pizzas in our outdoor pizza oven

Qualified staff are given full specialist training in Forest School teaching and a number of our Forest School team members have achieved level 3 – OCN Forest School Leader Award status which means that they are delivering to the highest standard of Forest School practitioners. All activities are risk assessed to follow strict Health and Safety guidelines. To view our AWARDS click here.