Southroyd Primary School

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Littlemoor Crescent, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8AT

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Southroyd Primary School

"Our vision is that our children leave Southroyd Primary School as Active Citizens- they have the skills, knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm they need to succeed and are ready for LIFE"

  1. Learning
  2. Forest Schools

Forest School

For a number of years, outdoor learning has been a key part of the Southroyd Promise, with children regularly telling us that they want to learn outdoors. We have integrated outdoor lessons into our curriculum and added Forest School to our wider school curriculum, working closely with Amanda Sowerby a specialist in the field.

Forest School starts in Nursery with children learning to meditate and listen to the sounds of the outdoors.

Reception children design, make and enjoy their own obstacle course made out of natural materials in the woodland.

Forest Schools is all about practical skills, for example, learning to tie different knots in reception class.

The forest school leader and other adults supporting the session aim to act as role models for the children, fostering a supportive community of learners and encouraging independence, problem-solving and co-operation, as well as demonstrating skills like analysing and managing risk. 


Children learn how to make fires, and of course enjoy toasting marshmallows.

The blindfold really focuses the children on listening to the sounds of the woodland - the sounds change throughout the year.

Children learnt to look around the woodland for natural materials that can solve problems - here the children made fishing rods.

Children are introduced to the forest school ethos during their time in Nursery and Reception and then access weekly two-hour sessions once they are in Year 1.

The children design, make and locate their own tree spirits around the woodland area, fashioning their ideas out of clay.

The woodland is the perfect place to look for samples of minibeasts and plants and find out about science first hand.

Year 4 made a den during refugee week to think about the basic needs and challenges of making shelter.

Children learn to care for themselves, to care for others, and to care for the environment. We will support them to trust their own ideas, believe in their capabilities and recognise their own needs.