Senior students spent time with Gad’s littlest learners at the school’s very own Forest School this week.

Nursery and Kindergarten children enjoy regular guided craft and free play sessions in the outdoor space, which is set in the school grounds.

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.

“The children really enjoyed welcoming our older students and were especially excited to show them how to make the perfect mud pie!”

Gad’s Forest School offers a natural outdoor educational environment where younger pupils can take part in creative hands-on learning experiences in a relaxed and safe setting.

Mrs Marshall continued:  “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.

The Forest School hosts ‘lessons’, clubs, open days and social events throughout the year, which benefit not only the Gad’s students and family but also the wider community.

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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