Learning Outside the Classroom

Forest School

Last year we have rolled out Forest School across the whole school after a successful introduction in Key Stage 1. This has been an excellent addition to our learning outside the curriculum and all classes will again be attending this year.

Forest School does what it says on the label; it is a woodland-based learning environment that is complimentary, not separate to learning in a traditional classroom. It is all about using the outdoor environment to encourage and inspire children. On a weekly basis, children will visit our Forest School site where they will have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. The children will then be able to bring their new found skills back into their classroom learning.

High adult to learner ratios ensure that children can stretch the boundaries of their learning and enable them to take risks that would not be possible in school e.g toasting marshmellow on a woodland fire. Smaller group sizes also mean learners have the time and support to try and master more complicated skills, with adults on standby to help and encourage if needs be.

Our Forest School sessions are run in partnership with the Ernest Cook Trust by Dorothy.