One of the many things we love about our school, is the fact we have such wonderful outdoor spaces, literally on our doorstep!
We take any chance we can to use the great outdoors to enhance our learning, whether that be taking lessons into the garden or donning our wellies and waterproofs for a Forest School lesson.
Our Forest School programme has been developed over many years by staff who are passionate about ensuring our children experience the world around them. Every class gets to use the outdoor area located a lovely walk away in nearby woodlands.
The site is perfect for children to explore, be inquisitive and develop an awareness that is very hard to teach within a classroom.
We were delighted that Ofsted also recognised how we take advantage of our fantastic surroundings...
"The outdoor area is used well to stimulate the children’s imagination and encourage them to co-operate with each other and enjoy learning about the world around them. For example, when a rain storm threatened during the inspection, the children went outside to make storm music with the percussion instruments, while they waited for the rain to arrive, giving them a memorable experience and deepening their understanding of the natural sequence of weather events."
(Ofsted Inspection Report, 2014)
"You and your staff also provide pupils with opportunities to manage risks themselves and learn how to evaluate what is safe and not safe. For example, in outdoor learning sessions, staff help pupils to decide how high they can safely climb a tree and what to do if they encounter a dog in a field."
(Ofsted Inspection Report, 2019)