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Bressingham Primary School is set to expand its forest school area




The initiative, which started two years ago with a fire pit and log-seating area, will have a den making and mud digging area, as well as an outside shelter added.

Pupils of Bressingham Primary School in their forest school area. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Pupils of Bressingham Primary School in their forest school area. Picture by Mecha Morton.

A forest school is a type of outdoor education that encourages children to improve their social, personal and technical skills.

Reception class teacher Emma Sullivan, 50, said: “Nowadays, children know a lot about places far away, such as the rainforest and its plants without having ever been there.

“They’ve read, learned and heard about it but haven’t experienced it. Experiencing the outdoors is a different kind of learning than reading about it.”

At the moment the school has a fire pit and log-seating area. Picture by Mecha Morton.
At the moment the school has a fire pit and log-seating area. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The concept, which originates from Scandinavia, is becoming increasingly popular across the UK.

It teaches children team work, builds their self-esteem and allows them to take risks in a safe environment.

“Here, it’s the children that lead the learning. They decide which tools they want to use,” said Mrs Sullivan.

At Bressingham, that involves using saws to build bridges or fairy houses, or tools to build fires while also learning about the flora and fauna.

“It is a natural environment in which the children are more relaxed and learn very well,” she added.

The Scandinavian concept teaches children team work and builds their self-esteem. Picture by Mecha Morton.
The Scandinavian concept teaches children team work and builds their self-esteem. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The school hopes to complete the new additions by Christmas.



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