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St Mary's Catholic Primary Academy

A Community where we Live, Learn and Laugh Together in God's Love


Swires Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2ER



Clothing for Forest School and Outdoor Play

A part of the ethos of forest school is “There is no such thing as bad weather, just
bad clothing”. The idea is that if sufficient, comfortable and appropriate clothing is
provided, all children can enjoy the forest school experience in all weathers. The only
exception to this is high winds and lightning, it not being wise to be under the trees if
there is a risk of falling trees or branches, however other areas of our school grounds
can be utilised.

Forest Schools Clothing

It is recommended that all children bring the following kit to change into before each
forest school session;

Boots – we find that a good pair of walking boots are much better than Wellington
boots. Plastic wellies offer very poor insulation and children’s feet quickly get cold. If
they must wear wellies, then several pairs of socks are essential.

Long trousers – both in summer and winter, to keep warm and to protect from
scratches, bites and sunburn.

Long sleeved top – both in summer and winter, to keep warm and to protect from
scratches, bites and sunburn.

Layers of clothing appropriate to the temperature and the season – in winter the children
will need at least three layers to keep warm. We find that long johns or pyjama trousers,
trousers and the waterproof dungarees work well for their bottom half, and for the top
half, a base layer, fleece, long sleeved top and waterproof jacket is a good mix. It is best
to avoid cotton next to the skin as it absorbs water rather than wicking it away from the

Waterproof top and trousers or a waterproof all in one suit.

Hat (for sun or warmth depending on the season) and waterproof gloves.

These should be old clothes or clothes that parents/guardians do not mind getting dirty.
They will get dirty.

Children should change back in to school uniform after each forest school session.
In summer, it is recommended to wear long trousers and long sleeved tops because it is
cooler under the trees and they help to protect from insect bites and scratches.
We also ask that all clothing is named so that any mix up of clothing is soon

Key Items:
1. Sturdy Boots/ Shoes or Wellies
2. Several pairs of socks if they have cold feet.
3. Long trousers such as jogging bottoms, jeans or trousers. No leggings unless
these are worn as a base layer.
4. Long sleeved tops/shirts and jumpers to ensure the children’s arms are covered
to protect them from the sun, scratches from sticks or insects that may bite and
also extra layers to prevent them from getting cold.
5. Waterproof jacket.
6. Waterproof over trousers (or a spare pair of trousers if wet).
7. Hat. (Sun or winter).