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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Forest School

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” - Albert Einstein

At Trotts Hill School we are lucky to have an abundance of outdoor space at our disposal. We believe that making use of our outdoor space is integral to delivering our curriculum to all children, as outdoor learning has been shown to improve:

 

  • Academic attainment
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Cognitive and social development
  • Physical activity levels
  • Links to the natural world (Learning Through Landscapes, 2020)

 

Learning outdoors supports our overall vision for all children to enjoy learning and develops children’s understanding of the wider world, including sustainability of green spaces.

 

In the Early Years (Reception and Nursery) both classes have access to weekly Forest School lessons every other half term. These sessions may include activities such as:

 

- outdoor team games

- using tools such as hammers, knives, saws and loppers in a safe, supervised manner

- natural crafts, such as weaving and woodcraft

- fire building, including cooking on a fire

Children also have their Child Initiated Learning outside during these sessions. We provide puddle suits for all children to wear so that we can go out in most weather conditions. However if there are strong winds or if it is extremely hot or cold, we will hold the session in the classroom.

 

There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” - Alfred Wainwright, author

 

In Key Stages One and Two we strongly encourage outdoor learning across the curriculum and all classes have access to a variety of outside spaces within the school grounds. 

 

 

Spring Term 2022

This term it has been very muddy at Forest School! We learnt how to make mud paint and have been practising on our easel outside. Nursery class made some rock robins in class and Reception made a wormery to see how worms move the soil underground. Reception also cooked some bread on the fire, which they said was yummy!

Autumn Term 2021

This term we have been very busy learning about our Forest School. In Reception we have started to use some tools (loppers and palm drills) and made lots of crafts. In Nursery we have collected natural objects and played games.

We have also had a log circle built by Bartlett Tree Experts, which we will use for outdoor learning throughout the school.

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