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All children are able to enjoy a variety of learning activities in the magnificent school grounds. Our boys and girls enjoy exploring the outdoors during Forest School activities; trapping over the bridge like the Three Billy Goats Gruff, growing plants in the school garden and using the large play equipment – speeding down the slide as they create their adventures.
Over the years our Woodland site has grown to incorporate a giant bird’s nest, perfect for quiet or paired reading, as well as a den building area and muddy kitchen facility. Each class in Pre-Prep visits the Forest School each fortnight, following a creative and active curriculum to enhance their outdoor learning and broaden their horizons in topics such as Science – the minibeast hunt is a very popular lesson which supports classroom learning around nature.
At special times of year, our wonderful staff plan exciting lessons to create a sense of awe and wonder around outdoor education. Nursery and Reception invite their mums, dads and family members to our ‘Bring a Loved One to Forest School’ for Valentine’s Day, in February, and the woods are also used as a spectacular venue for exit point celebrations as pupils finalise certain International Primary Curriculum studies. A popular favourite in winter is using the campfire to make delicious chocolate s’mores!
Lessons in our Forest School are a highlight for all of our children, who love to explore the changing seasons throughout the year.