At Stapleford Community Primary School, we are passionate about the positive impact that the outdoors has on wellbeing. We are lucky to have a wonderful wild area at the Moat, which all classes currently use on a weekly basis for outdoor learning sessions. These may be based around curriculum objectives and linked to in class learning. They may also be focused on social skills, team work and exploration of the environment. In order to further utilise our outdoor space, Mrs Bonham is also currently training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader and launching Forest School sessions for Larch Class in the final summer term, this is something we hope for all children to experience in the new academic year.
Forest Schools is about children and young people building self-esteem, independence and a love of science and nature through exploring and experiencing the natural world. Each Forest School programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children grow in confidence, skills and understanding. The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children/young people in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating. At Stapleford Community Primary School, we value the opportunity for children to lead their own learning and development, as well as experiencing the natural world in a way that is memorable and meaningful to them.