Outdoor Learning

At St Michael’s we have a strong commitment to outdoor learning and environmentally-based work. Through their investigations of the environment, pupils acquire first-hand knowledge and develop skills across the curriculum. The core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum, along with cross-curricular themes such as environmental and economic awareness, are thus integrated into a coherent whole.

Forest Schools

‘A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.’

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment.

Through play children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Children use tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.

The sessions provide crucial opportunities for the children to develop an understanding of our environment and everything within it. We aim for the children to learn to take risks and to succeed with small, achievable tasks. They will learn to manage their own risk levels to achieve personal safety, under guidance of a Forest School leader. From an early age, the children will learn to use and care for a range of tools and learn about basic personal care in the outdoors. The tasks the children undertake promote the development of self-confidence, patience and determination to succeed

Our Forest School programme runs throughout the year and children from the Reception class and Year 1 visit the copse in all weathers.  A shorer programme is also offered to Year 2 in the summer term.

At St Michael’s CE Aided Primary School we value the role of educational visits and opportunities to learn in the outdoor environment.  We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.  We therefore organise on site, local and residential opportunities for all our pupils.

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