The Forest School Project enriches the curriculum enabling the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world from an experimental view point e.g. they see the frogspawn in the pond at the centre it is then brought into school so that they can observe the development of the life-cycle of a frog then later in the year they visit the centre and see the frogs in the pond. We now have our own forest school onsite which the children can access daily as part of their daily routine. We have a hut that we use as an extension of this curriculum where children can further explore nature and take part in creative activities linked with the outside world.
We have well established links with West Boldon Lodge and are very fortunate in being able to participate in the Forest School project at the centre during the spring and summer terms.
The philosophy of the Forest School is based upon the desire to provide young children with an education which encourages their appreciation of the wide, natural world and which will encourage responsibility for nature conservation in later life.
Children learn to respect their environment, bide by rules and standards of behaviour and work in teams whilst respecting each other.