Forestry Outdoor Learning

Learning without Limits – Forestry Outdoor Education

Our ‘Learning without Limits’ project is inspired by Forest Schools. We are constantly extending the outdoor learning to further develop children’s full learning potentials and make the most of our extensive grounds. We inspire young minds, encourage curiosity and stimulate all senses in a way that indoor learning simply cannot do.

Exploring the natural world makes subjects such as reading, mathematics, science and social studies more relevant through real hands on experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable activities in a woodland environment each child has an opportunity to develop self-motivation, good communication, team working skills, sound emotional and social skills. In addition, children will develop strong self-awareness, independence, a positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence.

This Scandinavian initiative is having a growing impact on young children in the UK and it has excellent benefits not just for health and well-being but also for their environmental understanding. These interactions with the natural environment will have a positive impact on your child’s future.

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

In time, these exercises encourage children to become more creative, responsive, appreciative and curious of their own environment, and of others.  The inbuilt control of error in the sensorial learning materials allows them to become self teaching through problem solving.  Much of this material provides an indirect preparation for writing and a concrete foundation to later maths and geometry.

Fire pit

The children put together a fire pit in a controlled, risk assessed and safe environment. 

  • Development co-ordination
  • Fire safety lesson
  • Handling wheelbarrows to transport bricks.
  • How to safely handle and carry bricks.
  • Collecting appropriate materials for our fire
  • Planning, making decisions about how to approach this task and testing out these ideas
  • To develop visual development of dimension
  • Team work and social skills in negotiation
  • Toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate
  • Listening to one another around our fire circle

Creating Hedgehogs

Learning about hibernation and the Autumn Season.

  • Using and handling Naturally found objects
  • Discuss nocturnal and diurnal.
  • Muscular control of hands
  • Thinking of ideas and problem solving.
  • Maintaining focus on this activity for a period of time.

Stickman

Reading the Stickman story and building imagination.

  • Working with ropes to learn how to tie a simple knot
  • Creating enclosures
  • Show the children our new Stick Insects.
  • Learn about the needs of these insects
  • Acting out experiences with others
  • Imaginative play
  • Hand eye co-ordination

Mud kitchen

Working together in Role play activity is a good opportunity for a variety of learning opportunities including sensory, imaginative, creative and exploratory play.

  • Develop social skills and emotional skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Increase awareness of their senses, particularly touch, improve hand/ eye coordination
  • Taking turns
  • Leading/following directions
  • Using imagination 
  • Opportunity for children to talk about their home life and experiences.

Building a bug hotel & Shelter / Den

Building is brilliant practice for this as children work and play together with adults and peers.

  • Collecting natural found objects (acorns, conkers, sticks, leaves, stones etc)
  • Physical movement and exercise
  • Learn how to communicate their thoughts and ideas with each other
  • Negotiating of breath – length and size
  • Development of muscles
  • Working together to achieve a goal, healthy mental well-being
  • Expanding vocabulary
  • Learning about nature and the world around us.