Gad’s Hill School welcomed students, friends and teachers from local schools to a family fun day in its new Forest School.

More than 20 families and representatives from local primary schools joined Headmaster Mr Craggs and his team for a day of adventure, learning and fun.

Set in a substantial space, next to the playing field in the independent school’s grounds, the Forest School offers a natural outdoor educational environment where younger pupils can take part in creative hands-on learning experiences.

Mother of Nursery pupil Hunter Bilton, 3, Mrs Sarah Bilton, said:  “It was a wonderful to watch Hunter and his friends explore and create – they thoroughly enjoyed the guided craft activities but also embraced free-play in the relaxed and safe setting.”

Forest School leader and teaching assistant Mrs Lisa Marshall said:  “A Forest School is the perfect place for young minds to learn in an unhurried, fun and meaningful way.

“Children are free to investigate and find their own way of gathering and processing information, which encourages both independence and team skills and boosts confidence of all learners, regardless of their ability.

“As our ‘lessons’, clubs and many other opportunities the Forest School offers develop we are confident this exciting learning philosophy will benefit not only the Gad’s students and family but also the wider community.”

The sunny day finished with a barbecue cooked by the Headmaster and ably assisted by a Senior School student.

Forest Schools originated in Sweden during the 1950s to teach children about the natural world.  They offer a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

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