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Forest School

Forest School and Outdoor Learning at Beaminster St. Mary’s Academy 


At Beaminster St Mary’s we are committed to providing outdoor education based around the six principles of Forest Schools. We aim to have resilient, confident, independent and creative learners who have an excellent understanding of the natural world around them. Risk taking, and learning how to manage risk, are essential life skills which are fostered through Forest School in a supportive environment. We believe that this will create individuals who understand their responsibilities to the natural world and who have environmentally sustainable attituded. 


Our Forest School connects us to the wider community as we plant and grow trees, in our tree nursery, to be distributed to the wider community. We also have strong links with the Beaminster Eco Group as well as with Beaminster School with students working with us as part of their D of E awards. Two of our members of staff are currently undergoing Forest School Training which will enable us to enhance or provision. 


Each class has the opportunity to work in our Woodland for one dedicated session each week. These sessions are an extension of other outdoor learning that takes place across the curriculum. Each half term, some activities will link to the Science and Topic learning that is taking place in the classroom. These also aim to develop key skills which are broken into different areas of learning. Once all of our pupils have a grounding in the principals of Forest School, we intend to have greater differentiation and a clear progression of skills for each year group. In addition, we aim to follow pupils’ interests as they take ownership of their own learning. 


All of our subjects include the same curriculum drivers, these are:



  • We aspire for pupils to embrace challenge with a growth mindset and show curiosity, independence and resilience in all that they do.


  • We aspire for pupils to become wise, respectful learners.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally mature with a depth of language that enables them to share ideas effectively.


  • We aspire for pupils to become emotionally literate, tolerant, and appreciative of an ever-changing global environment.