Our Forest School

Pre-Prep Forest School

Our Pre-Prep children enjoy our wonderful Forest School adventures curriculum. The extensive school grounds provide the ideal location to go out and explore, have fun and learn in a safe environment.

Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Forest School embraces a holistic approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of every child. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, creativity and teamwork.

The activities include scavenger hunts, crafts, weaving, environmental art, creating animal homes and bug hotels, den building, and the ever popular mud kitchens.

Forest School

From Nursery to Year 6, all our pupils enjoy our wonderful Forest School adventures curriculum. The extensive school grounds provide the ideal location to go out and explore, have fun and learn. Sometimes the activities take place further afield, giving pupils the opportunity to explore different environments such as the local beach, Quex Park Forest School or Betteshanger Country Park.

Learning opportunities are provided through practical sessions in an outdoor environment, including forest school activities. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. POLE sessions, just like forest School, embrace a holistic approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of every child. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.

There are different themes each term, adapted according to each age group. The activities include scavenger hunts, orienteering, Geocaching, assault courses, team challenges, crafts, weaving, environmental art, creating animal homes and bug hotels, den building, erecting tents, mud kitchens, using forest school tools, beach visits and roasting marshmallows on camp fires.

The benefits to our pupils are that they:

  • adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure
  • gain personal confidence and self-esteem through taking on challenges and achieving success
  • develop their self-awareness and social skills and develop their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and others
  • develop and extend their key skills of communication, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, leadership and co-operation
  • enhance their overall well-being by gaining personal confidence and develop character and resilience through taking on challenges and achieving success
  • understand the importance of conservation and sustainable development
  • acquire and develop a range of skills in outdoor activities, fieldwork, exploration, journeys and expeditions
  • demonstrate increased initiative and innovation, enthusiasm, curiosity, self-reliance, responsibility, perseverance, tenacity and commitment
  • learn to appreciate the benefits of physical activity and the lifelong value of participation in healthy leisure activities and reflection
  • display an increased motivation and appetite for self-directed learning that will contribute to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of their development, as well as becoming concerned, responsible and fulfilled citizens

“The school is successful in providing opportunities for pupils of all abilities to gain academic success and develop their individual talents.”

ISI Inspection Report 2015
Join us for our Open Morning

We are hosting a Junior School Open Morning on Friday 1st October from 9:00am and a Senior School Open Morning on Saturday 2nd October at 10:00am. We are thrilled to be able to open our doors and allow families to visit us safely once again! Find out more more and book your spot below:

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