Hemdean House Forest School offers children the unique opportunity to build independence and self esteem though a series of child-led achievable experiences, under the guidance of qualified staff.
All children from Reception to Year 6 are given the opportunity to work outdoors every week. The Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students work around the school grounds engaging in outdoor learning projects whilst the lessons for the Key Stage 2 pupils incorporate Forest School.
All the children work together as a community to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society Schools Gardening Award, Wildlife in Action and The Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Award, currently being holders of a Gold Award. In addition we participate in enriching projects such as the RHS Rocket Science experiment.
Being outdoors offers benefits that indoor spaces do not, and provides the children with the time and space to draw on and apply what they have learned in the classroom. At Hemdean House we feel that Forest School provides many added benefits which enhance the curriculum such as:
- A positive impact on health and well being;
- An increase in attainment in certain subjects;
- The development of responsible citizens who appreciate their natural environment;
- Learning how to cope in all weathers and seasons;
- A change from being indoors in the classroom;
- Unexpected interactions providing additional opportunities;
- A greater range of multisensory experiences;
- Opportunities for team work;
- Development of social and communication skills.
In creating a Forest School and Outdoor Learning curriculum for Hemdean House School we offer an enriching opportunity which allows all our children to experience success.