Forest School

Forest school is a globally recognised teaching system that aims to meet the intent of this curriculum through holistic learning. It is through this method that we strive to provide our children with the widest range of skills and opportunities. Due to its child-led nature and focus on social development, Forest School engages children in a manner that is hard to imitate in the classroom. As we know, every child is different, as are their learning habits, something that here at Harnham, we recognise, encourage and utilise. 

We are so blessed to have such amazing grounds on our site that allow Forest School and outdoor learning to be part of our daily and weekly routines in every class. 

Our Forest School sessions and outdoor provision aims to;

  • Build self-esteem and confidence in children.

  • Build resilient, determined and independent learners. 

  • Develop children’s personal, social and emotional development.

  • Develop children’s and encourage creativity.

  • Encourage collaboration.

  • Develop and build the ideas of risk management and risk benefit.

  • Improve children’s life skills and experiences.

  • Enable children to gain respect for the natural environment and wildlife.

  • Let children be children.


These aims will be covered with a variety of Forest Schools and outdoor learning teachings and strategies that not only seek to aid the children in their learning but also be provided in a positive, enjoyable, creative and inspiring manner that will allow them to transfer the skills and knowledge from outdoor lessons into the classroom and life outside of school.

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