We often speak of the benefits of Outdoor Learning and at Evelyn we have been developing this for a while. We take lessons outside as much as possible and children enjoy the freedom and space this gives them. This is further developed by the use of our Forest School.
Forest Schools take learning outdoors for a part of the day. This may involve exploring the woods as a group and collecting treasures, building a den or simply taking your lesson outdoors away from the classroom.
The development of Forest Schools began in 1993, and is based on a Scandinavian idea that recognises the importance of children’s contact with nature. The first-hand experiences of learning outside the classroom can help to make subjects more vivid and interesting for pupils and enhance their understanding. It can also contribute significantly to pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.
The children gain many benefits from the experience and this fits in to the culture and ethos of our school.
We are lucky to be able to visit our own Forest School site, Eaton Street Park. Children visit here several times a year to witness the changing seasons and carry out exciting Forest School activities such as making leaf crowns, making animals from natural objects and enjoying nature hunts