Forest School at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
At Sacred Heart we are excited and proud to integrate Forest School learning strategies into the curriculum.
Forest School Education currently complements and enhances our curriculum in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. It offers all our children opportunities to go outdoors into the fresh air of our lovely ‘green’ environment, using both the developing school grounds site and woodlands near where we are situated.
The main ethos and purpose of the Forest School Movement is to develop social skills, confidence and self-esteem by encouraging children as young as three to participate in thoughtfully planned and managed outdoor activities in the natural environment.
Research has consistently shown that being out in the natural environment not only introduces children to new skills, but also affects their self-motivation and self-esteem which in turn has a positive affect to their general approach to learning.
Our Trained Forest School leaders in school are Mrs McCarron and Mrs Pilkington. Our Forest school has developed over the last three years and children enjoy the environment immensely.
This year the children have really enjoy themed activities relating to our creative curriculum in the forest school every week. However, during Lent we use the Forest School as the Prayer Garden were we feel close to nature with God.