Forest School was introduced to Conifers in 2016 and has become an established and extremely popular part of the curriculum.
“Forest schools are helping to address the disconnect between children and their natural environment. The philosophy behind them originated in Scandinavia, where outdoor education is a way of life and permeates early years of schooling. Classes held outside and working with nature are believed to promote and increase confidence, learning capacity, problem-solving skills as well as emotional wellbeing.” School House Magazine
Becky Thorpe, Deputy Head and Head of Early Years
There are weekly Forest School lessons for all pupils at Conifers, come rain or shine, and they take place in our dedicated Forest School area which includes a shallow stream, woodland walk, den buildings and many more wonderous places to explore. The outcome we witness is wonderfully motivated, happy children who are engaged, adventurous and full of positivity when they return to the classroom.
The frequency of Forest School lessons provides pupils with an ever-changing yet familiar, safe environment in which to learn. Be prepared for muddy boots!
“Since the launch of the Forest School we have seen a marked improvement in the academic performance of our pupils.” Becky Thorpe, Deputy Head and Head of Early Years
Forest school at Conifers offers the perfect opportunity to task adventurous pupils with a host of inspiring outdoor encounters. Recently, Year 2 set off into the wilderness to search for asteroids in the stream after learning all about space in their science lessons!
Pupils across the school work together to problem-solve and overcome challenges, making full use of our fantastic outdoor space with a real hands-on approach, which results in a positive impact on communication skills and confidence levels. A generous staff/child ratio enables children to take supported risks and to build resilience. These are skills they can take back to their learning in the classroom to further enhance their education whilst giving pupils a growing sense of independence.
Happy children learn