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Kelvin Grove
Primary School

Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Throughout their first and second year at school your child will have the opportunity to attend a series of regular Forest School sessions delivered by a qualified Forest School Leader.

Forest School is about exploring and experiencing the natural world through practical, hands-on and easily accessible activities.  It makes use of an outdoor learning environment to support and complement the work children do in their normal, indoor classroom. The children go out in all weathers, in all of the seasons. Whilst there, they are encouraged to explore their own interests and ideas in the varying natural environment, thereby stimulating their creative thinking, problem solving and skill development, all in the guise of play.

Research has shown that forest school is a very effective way for children:
  • to develop self-esteem;
  • to build self-confidence;
  • to form positive relationships with others;
  • to develop a growing awareness of their emotional needs and the needs of others;
  • to learn to co-operate and work with their peers and adults;

At the moment we are able to offer this exciting approach to our children in Year 1, reception and nursery, but in time we hope to be able to offer it throughout the school. If you would like to find out more about forest school and how your child will be involved whilst they are in reception, then do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

Our Forest School relies heavily on the support we receive from all our parents and carers, but in particular, the quality of the children's experience is hugely enhanced by the small band of parent volunteers who join us each week. If you can spare an hour or two every other week, and would like to get out to enjoy the warmer weather with our children in Forest School, then we would love to welcome parents and carers of children from any year group. If you would like to learn more about how Forest School contributes to the children's learning and would like to help make it happen, then please speak to Mr Murray in Apricot Class (YR1). We look forward to hearing from you.

Wide horizons

We currently work in partnership with Wide Horizons to deliver outdoor learning to the older children in the school.  The prefects and buddies visit Margaret McMillan House each year to take part in outdoor team building activities and this year for the first time, Year 4 attended a three day residential.  Further the outreach team from Wide Horizons work with individual children across the school to support their learning through outdoor activities. 

The benefits of Adventure Learning are far-reaching and long-lasting. Direct experiences are the most memorable and powerful development tools – seeing, touching and experiencing something first-hand is the best way to learn. Make it adventurous, child-centred and fun and it is impossible to forget. - See more at:

www.widehorizons.org.uk/what-we-do/schools/adventure-learning-partnerships

As a parent or carer you can support the work that Wide Horizons do in our commumnity through sponsoring our school events, such as the abseil and the Nightline walk, or you can become a friend of Wide Horizons through the following link:

www.widehorizons.org.uk/friends

 

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