The children have access to outdoor areas, at all times in all weathers, except when conditions are unsafe.
We encourage children to move in and out as they wish extending their activities in the outdoor classroom and zoned areas – willow dome,small animal area, music den, bike track, sandpit and climbing frame.
The children can work under cover or out in the large garden, ensuring they move as much as they need to meet their physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
We ask that children bring in suitable clothing, including sun hats and sun cream in summer and warm, waterproof clothes for winter.
We are lucky enough to have ‘West Wood’ behind the school which is managed by the Wildlife Trust.
With their permission we take the children for regular nature walks and forest schooling sessions into the wood.
With each visit to the forest school children will learn a new skill linked to survival of man and caring for the environment, the activities will also reinforce knowledge learned in the classroom.
In the Montessori primary curriculum children learn about the fundamental needs of man, the need for food and water to grow and develop, the need of oxygen to breath and the need to have the ability to reproduce and produce offspring.
With all this in mind we teach them where to find food and water, they get concrete impression of how plants produce oxygen and why we need to care for them and they learn first hand about plant and animal re-production.
For more information about the Forest School and the activities that take place there, click here.