The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky. Margaret McMillan (C 1925)
Our Forest school is an important aspect of our school ethos. It is based on a fundamental respect for children and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. We believe children should have the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world. Increasing confidence, self-esteem and respect in preparation for an ever changing world, and for every child to have the opportunity to achieve their holistic, full potential. We believe that learning in the outdoors brings so much to our pupils and we try to use our outstanding surroundings to enrich our curriculum as much as possible. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to inspire children through positive outdoor experiences and provide them with an opportunity to appreciate the wider, natural world and to encourage a responsibility for nature conservation in later life. Forest school involves child initiated learning which is integrated within the National Curriculum.
Our Forest School Aims to provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves whilst providing a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning. We meet the needs of children with all learning styles and enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.
All children are offered an experience of Forest School as they go through the school year. Our woodland environment, set in Eastnor Deer Park, is central in supporting this very dynamic approach to learning, from the changing of the seasons, to the contemplation of an ancient tree; our beautiful outdoor environment is an infinite source of smells, textures and sounds
Mrs Tart is our trained Forest School leader (Level 3 Forest School) and she ensure that all policies and risk assessment are up to date as well as bringing their practical experience into the woodland.