Forest Schools

Developing children’s resilience, confidence and problem solving skills through outdoor learning and activities.

Forest Schools

Our Early Years Foundation Stage includes Nursery provision. We offer 30 hours of provision alongside the Reception class: 8.45 – 11.45, 11.45 – 2.45, with the option of staying for the final half hour until 3.15 for a small cost. Our teacher Miss Stewart is a supported by teaching assistant Mrs McCormick.

For further information, or to apply for a place in Nursery, please contact the school or refer the Cumbria County Council’s School Admissions Section ‘Applying for a Nursery Place’. In the event of our Nursery being over-subscribed, our usual Admissions Policy applies.

The school day begins at 8:50am each day with registration. Children can be dropped off from 8.45am each day either to the classroom door (EYFS and KS1) or left on the playground (KS2) where there will a member of staff supervising. There is a morning break from 10.30 – 10.45 for Nursery/Reception and KS1 and 11am until 11.15am for KS2. Lunchtime is between 12:15pm and 1:15pm. There is an afternoon break for Nursery/Reception and KS1 from 2:30pm—2:45pm.

The school day finishes at 3:20pm. Parents are asked to wait in the front playground and teachers will direct children to the adult who is collecting them.

For our children in Nursery we offer a flexible approach to provision where parents can select the hours they wish their child to attend. Please contact us to discuss the options available.

Here at Beetham CE Primary School we believe in enriching our pupils curriculum and using our local area to complete Forest School type activities. All classes complete outdoor learning throughout the school year taking part in a range of activities which develop understanding of the outdoors and how to care for this. Mrs Tattersall is Forest Schools trained and delivers weekly sessions to different classes both on our own school site and at other areas in the local area such as Trowbarrow Quarry.

Recent studies have shown that Forest Schools session have many benefits for children both short term and long term.  Activities at Beetham CE Primary School are designed to develop children’s resilience, confidence and problem solving skills. Further benefits also include the ability of children to take risks in their learning, improved self belief and greater independence.

Well-being & mental health

Forest Schools is also reported to improve children’s well-being and mental health something which we believe is of great importance to all of our children.

Forest Schools Partners

We are really lucky to be supported in our Forest Schools provision by partners in our local community such as Larksfoot, Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Bittern project.