Forest Schools are an innovative approach to learning and we are lucky that our beautiful grounds feature a fully-equipped Forest School run by a qualified Pre-Prep Forest School leader. Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 have their own Forest School session every week throughout the school year.
This hands-on approach to learning takes the children out of the classroom to work and play. Where appropriate, lessons are linked to the topics being taught in the classroom. We love our woodland grounds and thanks to Forest School our children do too.
As research shows, children's motivation for learning and discovering is increased in a natural outdoor setting. This also spills over into increased attention and focus within the classroom.
Allowing our pupils to explore and experience the natural environment builds their independence, confidence, self-esteem, motivation and concentration as well as developing their social and physical skills.
All children are given the freedom to explore and assess risks for themselves through fun child-led activities. Thanks to the high adult to staff ratio, children are offered exciting activities like climbing trees, using tools and lighting fires in a safe and managed manner. Toasting marshmallows over an open fire is always a particular favourite!
We encourage the children to study their natural environment, find things for themselves and make wonderful arts and crafts from the materials available. Examples of activities include; weaving, mud art, making forest crowns and masks, bark rubbings, nature treasure hunts, den building and creating art from leaves and flowers.
The Nursery also has exciting weekly Outdoor Exploring sessions where children enjoy the woods and grounds.