Each class from Reception up to Year 4 attends Forest School lessons in the Spinney, a wooded area just behind the school. If it rains, children are well protected in raincoats and wellies and there is a waterproof cover between the trees. A fully accredited teacher leads the Forest School programme which has benefited boys and girls in all areas of education.
A range of activities are explored in the Forest School including bark rubbing, leaf collecting, fire making, songs, teamwork and nature exploration. Children benefit from being surrounded by nature and learning outside of the classroom.
Research has shown that children benefit from an element of ‘risk’ in their education. Learning in an outdoor environment helps children to think creatively and stimulates them in a different way to the classroom.
Outdoor education at Westonbirt Prep is therefore a key part of school life, raising children’s awareness of green issues and using the environment as an aid to help with literacy, numeracy and other academic subjects.
GL8 8 QG
GL8 8 QG