The Outdoor Classroom

The Outdoor Classroom

It has been shown that children learn through play and through real experiences. It has also been shown that children thrive when given access to the outdoors and the natural world.

Our Forest School-Trained Leader will guide the children through regular outdoor learning sessions. They will explore their environment, experiment, solve problems and learn to take risks, as well as experience opportunities to develop their imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness!

Topics and projects inside the classroom will be transported outdoors wherever possible. For example:

  • Early Language and Literacy projects – So much inspiration for stories and early writing skills, using what they find outside for letter/word recognition. Moving stories from place to place around the Farm and woodland area. All this will develop the children’s speaking, listening and writing skills
  • Numeracy – counting, sorting, estimating, measuring, problem solving etc.
  • Art – stick people, fairy flowerpot gardens, wind chimes from recycled material, sun catchers and weather craft.
  • Learning to assess risk – using simple tools to whittle, cooking round a fire pit, building shelters for story time etc.
  • Care of self and others – animals, plants, friends in the outdoors. Children will often be less inhibited outside and more willing to join in with activities.
  • Playtime – Using their imagination is a great priority to us – they use what they find for imaginative, creative play.
  • Understanding the world around them – the weather, seasons, flora and fauna, growth, insects and bugs, habitats – the list is endless in nature’s classroom!
  • Taking risks builds confidence – learning that failure is just an opportunity to try again!