Junior students continue to spend time in the on-site Forest School as part of Gad’s Hill’s commitment to making sure the whole school community benefits from the resource, which is proven to improve social skills, motivation and knowledge and understanding of the world we live in.
The 7-11 year-olds take part in regular free play and structured learning sessions in the outdoor facility, which is set in the school grounds.
The oldest Junior classmates recently worked as a team to set up their very own mud kitchen before creating a mudslide for everybody to have a go on.
Favourite activities include climbing trees, taking turns on the swing and balancing on the ropes with friends.
A Forest School is the perfect outdoor educational environment and practical workshops, linked to class lessons, are often held there.
Junior literacy is often brought to life in the inspirational space, with cohorts enthused to use descriptive and imaginative vocabulary and consider characters who may live in the woodland setting.
Classroom displays frequently ‘feature forest’ finds as the Forest School is an ideal setting for children to explore and discover together.
Project work and humanities also benefit from the Forest School. Historically, children have been tasked with making an actual flowing watercourse from natural materials, as part of a topic on weather and the water cycle.
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.