Forest School & OWL
We offer a permanent outdoor learning space for 3 – 11 year old children from the school. The Forest School and allotment create a unique flexible outdoor space for all of our children to enjoy the benefits of learning outdoors.
We believe learning outdoors can foster resilient, confident, independent and creative learners that go on to use their new skills in the every changing world. In addition, the mental health and wellbeing of our students is a priority and there is a lot of evidence to support being outdoors in green spaces greatly improves mental health and wellbeing.
Children from all classes use the area as part of their classroom learning. In addition, those children with additional need access the area on a more regular basis.
There is a brand new covered outdoor classroom, a greenhouse and a fence and hedgerow to support wildlife and separate the area from the sports field. The allotment features raised beds for the growing of food and plants by all the classes. There is a small reflection and sensory garden as well as Forest School provision. We have added solar and wind power meaning all energy on-site is self generated, and the addition of a rear locked gate into and out of the area allows the exploration of the Hogsmill River to be brought more easily into the program.