Outdoor Learning and Forest School
All our Lower and Middle School (KS1, 2 and 3) students have a weekly Outdoor Learning session, where they develop skills in nature study and horticulture. These are led by their class tutor. Classes look after the planting beds and learn about native plants and flowers that encourage wildlife into our play spaces.
We also have a dedicated Forest School area. Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
- Equal, unique and valuable
- Competent to explore & discover
- Entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
- Entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
- Entitled to experience regular success
- Entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
- Entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
- Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.
Each year the Upper School Land Studies group work hard to try to develop our school gardens into something extra special.
Some of our ideas include growing fruit and veg to use in the school kitchens, growing a hedge for the boundary of the garden, building a performance space and an outdoor teaching space and growing flowers to encourage pollinators into our garden.
- 27/11/20Dart made fat balls for the birds using lard, bird seed and fir cones, and practised using a flint and steel to light mini fires.Read Full Story
Upper School Land StudiesUpper School Land Studies group have been working extremely hard this school year to grow produce and plants. They are so excited to announce that they have managed to grow/growing cauliflowers, lettuces, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas and different flowers, all from seed...Read Full Story