'Children demonstrate that they feel happy and safe. They are kind and respectful to each other and to adults.'
There are huge benefits to be gained from outdoor learning and the Nursery children visit our unique Woodland Classroom weekly. It is located on the doorstep of the main site of the school and has 1.5 acres devoted to wildlife. Complete with pond, it provides an ideal opportunity for hands-on interaction with nature and an ideal way to ensure that children learn to respect the natural world around them. During all weather, children can explore the woodland setting learning about the changing seasons, pond life, mini beasts and different varieties of plants and trees. It is also a place to assess risk in a safe environment. This challenging play helps children develop self-confidence, competence, emotional resilience and a sense of independence.
Some of our Nursery staff have undergone specialist Woodland Classroom training allowing them to utilise tools and equipment with the children in the Woodland Classroom safely. All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum are covered during our sessions, from counting and sorting leaves for leaf kebabs, to creating a woodland home for a favourite teddy bear!