We believe that children should have opportunities to learn outside as well as in a traditional classroom. We are fortunate to have a wildlife area adjacent to the school building, and we use this to inspire many of our lessons. From writing poetry to designing maps, ordering numbers or simply having fun, our outside classroom has many, many uses.
We value our school’s rural setting and want our pupils to treasure it too. We want them to learn about their local environment, respect it and understand how we can care for the local wildlife, flora and fauna.
We have also started on a journey to become a Forest School. At the moment, children in Sycamore Class and Chestnut Class have an afternoon each in the wildlife garden learning a Forest School curriculum. These afternoons give the children an opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment with trees. They engage with woodland craft activities such as building shelters, fires and are taught to use outside tools safely. As these children move through the school, they will continue to benefit from these afternoons, within three years, our aim is for every pupil in the school to have a Forest School session.