Bowker Vale Primary School

Aiming High; Showing Integrity {{Being Respectful, Honest, Fair and Proud}}

Middleton Road,
Higher Crumpsall,
Manchester, M8 4NB

0161 740 5993

  2. Forest Schools

Forest School

Part of our outdoor education at Bowker Vale is 'Forest Schools'.

We have been very fortunate in that the Players of the People's Postcode Lottery in conjunction with The Lancashire Wildlife Trust have funded the training of four Forest School Leaders at Bowker Vale and also paid for the development of a Forest School classroom which we have called Foxes Den.  Since then we have developed two further Forest School sites, Pixie Hollow,  which is in an area of our school grounds, and Narnia, which is an area of Blackley Forest. 

What is a Forest School?

‘A forest school is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning’

The Forest School sessions will encourage children to explore and respect the outdoor environment, learn a range of new skills and learn how to manage risk-taking in a safe and supported way.


Children from Nursery to Year 6 will all get a turn, over the year to experience Forest School and we are sure they will enjoy the experience.  More information will be sent to you when it is the turn of the class your child is in.


Children will attend Forest School in all weathers, therefore it is necessary that they are appropriately dressed. Parents are asked to supply their child with adequate kit for Forest School.  This will not only keep your child comfortable but will allow for them to get the most out of the experience.


Typical Forest School Kit List;

  • Long sleeved tops are needed in all weathers to protect your child from the woodland environment

  • Warm thick socks

  • Long trousers

  • Layers for the top of the body

  • Fleece/jumper

  • Waterproof coat

  • Hat, gloves, scarf in cold weather/sunhat in sunny weather

  • Wellingtons (please also send in any spares you may have!)  If you don't have wellingtons please make sure your child brings another pair of sturdy shoes.

  • Old clothes are ideal as they will probably get quite dirty. 



Click below to see all of our adventures and outdoor learning on our Forest School Blog!

Forest School Blog 


Our Forest School Leaders at Bowker Vale are Mrs Nicholson, Mrs Cooke, Ms Dobson and Mrs Rowley