“The classroom of the future should not be limited to a classroom at all - an ‘excellent’ curriculum would go beyond the traditional boundaries and offer real-world learning experiences outdoors.”
Taking Learning Outdoors – LTS 2007
The beauty of teaching outdoors is that the children often do not perceive it as ‘learning’ and yet they learn some of their most valuable lessons there. The lack of walls means that they feel less inhibited – both physically and mentally – and it allows them to join up their thinking by applying it in real-world context.
As our Butterfly and Nursery Class children are becoming more independent and confident each day, this is a great opportunity to expand on their current knowledge and skills.
This extra curricular activity was trialled in the Summer 2013 and was a great success. We progressed onto offering children one day out a month, during which we would visit all our local nature reserves.
Now we are an affiliated Forest School, and offer every Butterfly and Nursery Class child the opportunity to take part in these sessions during term time on a Monday. The Forest School sessions will be carried out at Bolton School in one of our new woodland classrooms.
You can read about what the Nursery Class children got up to in the first official Forest School session here.
The Forest School at Bolton School is about a fully trained Forest School leader providing a rich natural environment to enhance children’s current knowledge. The idea is also to build their confidence and self-esteem with a holistic approach on a long term basis. At our Forest School, we provide a child with a no-walls classroom and the opportunity to feel free and to play and learn within a relaxed, safe and natural environment.
Throughout these sessions we not only teach about the outdoor environment; we also work really closely with the individuals and build on their confidence, self esteem, and emotional development in the outdoors. All children will develop team building skills and extend their fantastic imaginations.