Forest School

FOREST SCHOOL aims to connect children to NATURE and provide opportunities for LEARNING THROUGH PLAY.

We have an extensive Outdoor Education programme as we believe that the stimulating and exciting environments that lie beyond the classroom door provide excellent opportunities for learning and the development of personal and social skills.

All Years participate in Offsite Learning which incorporates a mixture of Forest School with the Hampshire Trailblazer programme. We are lucky to have two Level 3 Forest School Leaders on the permanent staff who take all year groups on regular visits to Stoke Park Woods, Lepe Beach, and Stokes Bay. We have even been granted a licence by the Forestry Commission to use Stoke Park Woods for twice-weekly learning sessions - another great opportunity for our children to learn in the outdoors.

Our programme leads to our children being awarded Trailblazer Certification from Hampshire Outdoor Education Department, and internal awards for safe tool and fire use, den building and knot tying.

We regularly take all years out of the classroom to work, both in the school grounds and beyond. All children participate in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities on the school site as part of their PE curriculum, and all classes use the school grounds for Maths, English, Science and Art activities. In addition, each year classes take part in “Outside the Classroom Day” by doing maths in the outdoors.

“ I love learning outside!”

Josh (Year 5)

Nature offers us a sanctuary, a place where we can find peace and wonder. Nature is not limited by time or confined by walls, and even today we cannot control it completely. It is much larger and older than we are, and its rhythms resonate deep within us. Nature is where we are from and where we belong, and our survival is intricately linked to its existence.
For children, nature is the greatest playground of all, with all of its diverse structures, smells, textures, its creatures of all shapes and sizes, its abundant plants, some edible, some toxic.
Nature offers a myriad of opportunities for risk taking, for a wealth of learning and amazement, and for freedom, separate from the adult world.

“Play the FOREST SCHOOL Way” by Peter Houghton & Jane Worroll