The Early Years
Outdoor provision is an essential element for all our Early Years pupils. Whether going out to feed the farm animals, using the well resourced outdoor classroom or attending their weekly compulsory Forest School session. Being outdoors is not only good for their wellbeing; it allows them to gain confidence in unfamiliar surroundings of the school's more remote natural areas! It is used to develop their knowledge and natural curiosity, encourage team work, physical challenges and creative and imaginative projects using clay, wood and other natural materials.
Years 1, 2 and 3
Pupils are timetabled weekly for outdoor learning sessions with specialist Forest School Staff. These sessions provide physical and personal challenges, building confidence and self esteem. They give the children very practical and engaging ways to learn, reinforcing the classroom learning objectives and covering all areas of the curriculum.
Specific Learning Sessions in the Upper School Years 4, 5 and 6
The Upper School pupils will have specific sessions to enhance a learning objective in a fun and stimulating way and covering all areas of the curriculum. For instance undertaking Science experiments, geography field work or history experiences. There are also French and Spanish outdoor cookery classes!
Upper School pupils also have the opportunity to experience a range of specific adventurous activities such as camping, team building, raft building, climbing and survival skills delivered through activity afternoons and residential trips as well as within the PE curriculum.