Ripley Infant School

Growing and Learning Together

Forest Schools

Our Forest Schools sessions are held weekly at Shaw Wood, Oakerthorpe.


 Following a lightly structured objective, Forest Schools gives children the freedom, time and space to learn, demonstrate independence and build self- esteem. They will develop an interest in the natural surroundings and respect for the environment, whilst being given opportunities to take risks appropriate to them.

Our Forest School sessions encourage children, through child initiated activities to;

  • Reflect
  • Problem solve
  • Work as a team
  • Be successful
  • Build resilience
  • Develop good mental health and well-being
  • Be creative
  • Improve social and communication skills
  • Improve physical stamina
  • Improve gross and fine motor skills
  • Become more motivated

All of which are essential for a healthy, happy and successful life.


Our sessions are led by Ms Vicki Worton, Level 3 Forest School Leader, outdoor first aider and Miss Kate Salt, trainee Level 3 Forest School Leader, outdoor first aider.