Outdoor Learning and Forest School
We are incredibly fortunate to be blessed with significant outdoor learning space and facilities. This provides our pupils with access to a wide range of learning opportunities in different contexts outside of the normal classroom environment. Included in our grounds we have:
- An outdoor learning facility (Kinaesthetic Park) which is a completely enclosed space with 2 outdoor classrooms, an exciting porthole door and turrets
- An ampitheatre for performance/Speaking and Listening
- Several story circles
- Camp fire space
- Den building area
- Dipping pond
- Bird watching/identification hide
- Bug hotels
Forest School at Lower Fields Primary Academy
'Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Forest School has a developmental ethos shared by thousands of trained practitioners around the world, who are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners. Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, friluftsliv, or free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then.' (Forest School Association)
At Lower Fields Primary Academy we follow the six key principals and criteria of good practise from the Forest School Association (FSA) to ensure that we deliver a quality provision:
- Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
- Forest School takes place in our very own woodland and natural environments to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.
- Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
- Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
- Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
- Forest School is run by a qualified Forest School practitioner, who continuously maintains and develops her professional practice.
Our highly skilled Forest School Practitioner works with all pupils from Nursery through to Year 6 in during their time at school. She also adapts some of the sessions and activities to support pupils with SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) needs.