Woodland School is a unique Outdoor Learning programme that has been developed alongside our Science curriculum. It provides children in Elmer and Paddington classes (KS1) with regular hands-on experiences that develop scientific thinking and a deep knowledge and understanding about the world we live in. The Gruffalo class (EYFS) also benefit from Woodland School through focussed play and exploration in the outdoors.
We have large and diverse school grounds which include:
- a fenced woodland area with a permanent log seating circle and fire pit
- a circular thatched-roofed outdoor classroom
- learning garden for growing vegetable, fruit and flowers
- an established pond with a pond dipping platform
- access to an adjoining wild flower meadow
- mature boundary hedgerows and trees
At Woodland School we:
- go outside throughout the whole school year, enabling children to observe seasonal changes
- carry out activities to support and extend children’s learning in the classroom
- build confidence, self-esteem and independence
- light fires, cook outdoors and use tools to develop fine motor skills
- encourage creativity, resilience and risk awareness
Parent helpers are always welcome!
Gruffalo every Monday pm
Elmer and Paddington every other Tuesday pm.
This term at Woodland School we’ve had lots of fun learning about ‘wild weather.’ Gruffalo Class enjoyed playing with and making these beautiful ice sculptures; Elmer was ‘polar explorers’ and learned how to build waterproof and windproof shelters; Paddington designed and made these fantastic wind sock streamers to learn how to record wind direction and strength – they now decorate our Woodland School area so please have a look at our work.