The children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 enjoy exploring and learning in our magical Forest School area; a place where we can teach the core curriculum using creative approaches that complement our classroom teaching, within local woodland areas in Swanbourne, which they travel to by school minibus. Children explore, learn and develop in the outdoors whatever the season or weather.
Research shows, that learning outdoors has a positive effect on children’s health and emotional wellbeing whilst giving them opportunity to develop new skills and understanding, all the while being encouraged and guided by our Forest School leaders who have undertaken nationally recognised and accredited training, including emergency outdoor first aid. Our forest school programmes are carefully tailored to suit different learners and their needs. Each sessions learning objective links with Forest School principles to enhance learning experiences and outcomes and sessions are planned to address areas across the curriculum, including exploring their environment, building dens, creating natural artwork, finding and recognising different types of leaves and trees, and working together.
If for any reason our offsite forest school cannot be used (in extreme weather, for example) we are fortunate to have onsite forest school areas at both Drayton Parslow and Mursley.
Our Preschoolers at Kingfishers enjoy Forest School within the Mursley School grounds. Their sessions include playing in mud kitchens, building bug hotels and searching for mini beasts, although their imaginations know no bounds! It’s also a wonderful place to listen to stories, sing songs and share nursery rhymes.