Forest Schools and The Woodland Garden

Forest Schools

During the year 21/22 8 members of staff are training as Forest School Leaders and Assistants. This approach to learning compliments our Early Years Curriculum and the Hygge approach to learning. We want children to be able to experience outside learning and challenges across the school and this approach is perfect for our children.

Children now take part in a variety of Forest Schools activities in their day to day learning building on their mathematical, scientific, DT, teamwork, and listening skills. They are taught how to deal with risk when approaching Forest School activities. The children love it and so do we.

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

It is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment setting. At Stanbridge we have a beautiful woodland garden area where Forest School sessions can take place.

Whilst taking part in these sessions, children have the opportunity to learn about the natural world, develop practical skills, such as stick carving and fire lighting, and explore and play in their woodland setting. That setting changes with the seasons and the children are out whatever the weather!

Hot chocolate and gingerbread round the camp fire
Team work and practising knots

The Woodland Garden

The Woodland Garden was renovated by the PTFA during the school closure period due to COVID 19.  They completely transformed the garden.  The garden was originally designed in the year 2000 to celebrate the millennium year.  It is now used to support the curriculum across the year and Forest School activities.  It has a pond, seasonal plants and lots of mini beasts live there.