We are the proud owners of “Wild At Heart”, a conservation area owned by school and designed by the children. Here we enjoy outdoor learning across all areas of the curriculum in the Poly Tunnel, the Viewing Deck, the Log Circle, the Dipping Pond, the Fire Pit, the Willow Tunnel and the Wild Walk itself through fruit orchards and wild summer flowers. The whole school worked on a project to create a wall hanging in the entrance to the school of Wild At Heart, with every child and adult contributing some feature of the conservation area.
We are fortunate to have David Hawes, Founder of Children's Woodland Adventures, and his team who link our classroom-based learning themes to outdoor adventurous activities. The children have the opportunity to create art installations, build structures, make camp-fires and explore this unique wild setting, using only the natural resources around them. The sessions are intended to build the children's leadership and team skills and to encourage their independence and ability to find solutions together. This then helps them, in the more formal classroom environment, to apply these essential life skills.
We are a Forest School
Our Wild At Heart conservation area provides first hand learning and team building skills for all of the children across the school.
All of our children, from 3 to 11 years old, work together to explore the outside learning area first hand, constructing shelters, creating outside art installations and cooking outdoors. Each class has a weekly session on Tuesday running over two terms, over the course of the year. The morning sessions are linked to Maths and English and the afternoon sessions are linked to our Creative Curriculum theme (Healthy Independent Learners) that the class is exploring at the time. For example, this Autumn Term 1 in English, The Chestnuts Class (Year 1) were reading "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson, and so together created a 3-D version of the Gruffalo on the Viewing Deck, using twigs, grasses and moss - with plums for his "turned-out toes"!