Forest School Education
Freedom to explore in an idyllic setting
Taverham Hall’s 100 acres of ancient woodland provides the perfect environment for our Forest School in which to bring learning to life. A range of evidence, originating in Scandinavia and supported by the British Government, validates the importance of hands-on learning outside the classroom.
‘When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.’
Ofsted, October 2008
At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall we have tested outside-learning theories and reaped the rewards. Children, in our Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School, let their imaginations run wild all year round, in Snake Wood, Donkey Pen, Elephant’s Nest and other areas within the extensive grounds. Structured tasks and achievable goals are set to increase self-confidence and encourage teamwork. Tending their own gardens and caring for school pets also helps children to understand responsibility.
‘The surrounding parkland is a paradise for pupils…’ ISI inspection report November 2010
National Curriculum subjects are reinforced and supported by practical, hands-on learning. Science, geography, art and drama are just some of the subjects continued outside the classroom. Carefully planned and supervised activities allow children to take risks and make choices appropriate to their age and ability. Learning follows ‘enquiry through exploration’ principles and many children’s social and academic stumbling blocks have been overcome as a result.
‘The curriculum is significantly enhanced by sessions in the Forest School.’ ISI
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Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s
- Walks and trails in the woodland
- Building dens and shelters
- Arts and craft – creating items out of natural resources
- Team building games and activities
- Story telling
- Pond dipping
- Investigating flora and fauna
- Learning about minibeasts
- Managing the woodland
- Understanding and exploring the seasons
- Practical knotting skills
- Science in the outdoors – nature studies
- Geography – understanding the world environment
- Collection wood and learning how to build a campfire
- Toasting marshmallows on a campfire
- Using the trees, plants and wildlife to give inspiration for creativity
- Growing, cooking and eating your own produce
- Baking Pizzas in our outdoor pizza oven
Qualified staff are given full specialist training in Forest School teaching and a number of our Forest School team members have achieved level 3 – OCN Forest School Leader Award status which means that they are delivering to the highest standard of Forest School practitioners. All activities are risk assessed to follow strict Health and Safety guidelines. To view our AWARDS click here.