Welcome to

The Practical Forest School

Forest school providers that work in West Sussex schools and run independent afterschool clubs.

Children hiking

We believe in the power of being outdoors. We believe that children should be free to play because play is learning. We believe that a stick can be anything, and that life skills like risk taking can be developed in a child-led environment.

We offer both forest school sessions and curriculum-led outdoor learning where children can get away from their desks. Let’s bring the National Curriculum to life and help kids understand their natural world.

We love the lightbulb moments when a child suddenly realises they can light a fire, or jump a stream, or walk a slackline… when they’re proud of the stick man, the carving, the leaf art that they’ve made.

We can bring those experiences to your school, either through curriculum-based sessions (think: meteorology, the natural world, habitats, history, science, biology) or through child-led free play sessions through afterschool clubs.

Afterschool Clubs

Our blog

Find out what’s happening in the forest school world, get ideas for outdoor activities to use with your own groups, download printables and learning resources and follow along with our journey as we create outdoor learning experiences for children in Sussex!


Year 3 Woodland Day

It was great to get out to Pennthorpe School in Rudgwick last month. I worked with Year 3 and helped facilitate their woodland day. I laid on a range of forest school activities so the children had the opportunity to try out fire-lighting and low-ropes. We also had bug-hunting, clay play, charcoal for independent drawing…

pond dipping
Forest School Activities

7 Easy Forest School Activities for Summer

This article contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting our work! If you’re looking for easy Forest School Activities for Summer, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll find easy ideas for bug hotels, flower crowns, and more! We’ve curated some of our favourite ways to engage children during forest school…