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Working with Schools

Working with local schools in the Forest of Dean, this project seeks to enthuse and inspire children and young adults to look at and explore their unique forest environment. We look to build a legacy of proud, active, interested Foresters who will work to protect and promote their heritage, benefiting from the accumulated learning resources gathered over the delivery period from a range of our projects.

What is the Working with Schools project?

This project aims to enthuse local teachers and children about their natural, built and cultural heritage, so that they become proud of their Forest heritage and will protect and promote it in future.

Lydbrook Primary school have already fully immersed themselves in the Foresters’ Forest programme by re-writing their school curriculum to embrace their local heritage. This will now be used as a model for other schools.

What will the project deliver?

Lydbrook School teachers will use their experiences to inspire other schools to follow on, creating further resources for all to share on an educational ‘hub’, possibly in a secondary school. Although the work so far demonstrates how well the Foresters’ Forest can be integrated into primary school work, there will be an expansion into secondary schools in the delivery phase, possibly using the transition period for Year 6 children moving up to Year 7 as an opportunity.

Sharing learning experiences will be an important part of the schools collaboration, including 'Schools Days' held each year where we invite local teachers and our projects to display and discuss the works completed.

Resources available for schools:

  • Ranger in a Bag - developed with Forestry England, the bags enable teaching staff to take pupils out on activity based exploration and learning days in the Forest. There is an ‘Amazing Animals’ bag and a ‘Fantastic Forests’ bag,  both jam-packed with activities for schools to experience. The learning activities include tree and wildlife identification, bug collecting, wildlife identification and shelter building – along with plenty of easy-read fact sheets to refer to. To place a free booking to use the bags in your Forest of Dean school please email info@forestersforest.uk or call 0300 067 4397 
  • Archaeology Pack - designed to give Forest of Dean school teachers rich, visual and hands-on material, to use in teaching Key Stage 2 local history topics across the Forest of Dean, detailing all sites of interest within the Forest and their proximity to the schools. To receive a free pack for your Forest of Dean school please email info@forestersforest.uk
  • History Scheme of Works - school curriculum Years 1-6 Key Stage 1 & 2 guidance notes for teachers, detailing how to include the Forest's rich history in school teaching. Download the PDF version: History Scheme of Works (complete set)
  • Natural Heritage Scheme of Works - school curriculum Years 1-6 Key Stage 1 & 2 guidance notes for teachers, detailing how to include the Forest's rich natural heritage in school teaching. Download the PDF version: Natural Heritage Scheme of Works (complete set)
  • Colouring Page  - we tell our story through this illustration, free to download: Foresters' Forest Colouring Page
  • Forest Literature - Reading the Forest is working with schools to develop free-to-use resources and lesson plans exploring where we live through our stories, authors and history. See Reading the Forest Teacher Resources
  • Timelines - see our two online ‘Timeline’ tools: the Foresters' Forest 'Forest Timeline', telling the story of the Forest through the ages, and Reading the Forest's 'Forest Literature Timeline'
  • Hidden Heritage Apps - the Apps are an exciting way to explore the Forest of Dean using your mobile phone or tablet device, learning about historic sites as you go. To download see Hidden Heritage Apps

What can I get involved in?

You can volunteer to help organise events at schools.

Click here to go to Lydbrook School's page about their involvement in the Foresters' Forest programme. 

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