Our vision highlights the natural world as one of the drivers of our offer to the children who join us. We are also blessed to be situated in a fantastic location and, with the support of The National Trust, have created a special area adjacent to our school site in which Kate Parkin (our Forest School teacher) creates magical learning opportunities for our pupils - all of whom get to spend time learning in this space every week, rain or shine.
Forest School is an inspirational process that provides child-led play experiences that challenge the senses and inspire creativity, imagination, and independence in a woodland environment.
The skills they learn assist in the development of their self esteem, social and emotional intelligence and practical skills through play, exploration and supported risk taking. We want them to be risk aware and not risk adverse and this approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience.
Our children are invited to build shelters, use tools, create beautiful crafts and cook over a campfire. These types of achievable, hands-on, learner inspired activities develop confidence and self-esteem.
Forest School aims to inspire a meaningful connection to the natural world and an understanding of how we all fit within it, and therefore, it plays an important part in our children becoming healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.