Neston Road, Willaston, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 2TN  ​•  T: 0151 338 2421  ​•  F: 0151 327 8244
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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Forest School

We have established Forest School and outdoor learning at Willaston to give all children regular opportunities to learn, achieve, develop self-esteem and confidence in an outdoor setting. Forest school activities are planned to link closely to learning in the classroom, developing themes and ideas in a different setting. We are fortunate to have Willaston Meadow on our doorstep, which is a fantastic resource to teach the children about our local environment.

The children will go outdoors in all weathers, all year round and will witness the environment changing with the seasons. Natural resources are used as much as possible to stimulate creative thinking and skills development.

We hope that by giving the children memorable learning experiences, they will develop a love and respect for their environment which they will take with them into their adult life.


Autumn Term at Forest School

This autumn we will be trying to get out as much as possible. The weather can vary quite dramatically at this time of year, even from hour to hour, so please take time to view the forecast and send your children with appropriate kit (see kit list below).


Children must wear/bring the following to every forest school session:

· Waterproof Jacket and Trousers

· Wellies or Walking boots

· Warm clothing – plenty of layers, including long trousers, jumper, fleece, thermals

· Gloves/hat/scarf in cold weather / sun hat and sun cream in the Summer

Please make sure that EVERY item of clothing is NAMED!

Children who have a morning session can come to school dressed in all their clothing ready for a prompt start. Please also bring spare clothes to change into after sessions, should clothing get wet – including shoes and spare socks.

Reception/Key Stage One

This term we will be looking to establish rules and routines as Reception join us for the first time at Forest School at Willaston. We will be playing lots of games and exploring the school grounds and the meadow where possible. We will be looking at how to keep ourselves safe and the way our environment changes during these cold months. We will also look at what is appropriate clothing for Forest School. Lots of practice putting their waterproofs on and off at home would be helpful!

The children in Year One will be observing the changing seasons and playing lots of games focusing on their listening skills. We will take part in activities related to their science topic of materials.

Year Two will also be looking at the seasonal change, as well as exploring hazards and how to manage risk. We will also think about what is needed by all living things to survive.

Key Stage Two

The children in Year Three will be thinking about their science topic of light and history topic of Ancient Egypt where we will try to embalm a stick ‘mummy’ and using tools to make a hieroglyph amulet.

Year Four will be enjoying role play activities to do with their topic of World War 1&2 and investigating some ideas linking to science. Year Five will be exploring their science topic of forces, using levers and pulleys.
Children in Year 6 will be working on some practical skills, including tying different knots and attempting to lash together some poles to create a structure as well as their science topics of classification and inheritance.


The children get so much from visiting a different environment such as Willaston meadow, and we can only do so with the assistance of additional adults to maintain safety ratios.

If you would like to help with your child’s class or another year group, please pop into the school office to express your interest. It is helpful to know early in the week if you can be available, so please let the office know if you are intending to come. To help, you will need to complete a school DBS (if you do not already have one).

Thank you to the volunteers (parents, grandparents of current pupils and ex-Willaston parents!) who willingly give up their time to help us at Forest School.

Please click on link to view Forest School Term dates.

Mr Ellinson

Please come back soon!


Forest School Dates, Sept 19 - Autumn Term.pdf (PDF 60.4KB)