Nothing tastes or smells as good as homegrown!
We provide opportunities to learn about growing food such as peas, strawberries and tomatoes as well as flowers. The children plant vegetables, fruit and flowers each year and continue to provide care and water all year round. They also enjoy the fruits of their harvest.
We have mature trees and bushes, a grassed area, logs and tree stumps for open-ended play, a mud kitchen, spades, trowels, brushes, watering cans, magnifying glasses for close study of the flora and fauna, plenty of bikes and trikes, tents, bats, balls and hoops. With this environment and equipment children are learning and developing their physical, social and language skills as well as negotiating, counting, caring, nurturing and many other things every day. Friendships flourish too.
Forest Schools are a unique and fun approach to working with children and young people: the use of the outdoors, and the encouragement of learning through play.
There are strong links into Every Child Matters (2004), the Early Years Foundation Stage (2008), Playwork Principles (2005), Best Play (2000) and the National Curriculum at all stages.
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals, of any age, to enjoy the opportunities offered by natural play, through positive outdoor experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in our outside area each child has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, balanced emotional and social skills.
Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly how to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
Our outdoor activities run throughout the year, with all children going outside usually two or three times a day in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become more self motivated.