“Teaching should address the whole child; heads, hands and heart"
Our Forest School sessions are driven by Frobellian principles, in which the children are free to explore as they wish. Digging for minibeasts, mixing up mud pies, building dens, climbing trees or scrambling over logs, collecting “treasure” or simply “gazing” at the sky, trees and fields around us; do not underestimate the learning that goes on when the children experience Forest School with one of our three fully qualified Forest School Leaders.
Forest School encourages children to explore their own innate learning in the richest classroom we have - the outdoors. It sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. It promotes sensory child-led outdoor play, encouraging and stimulating curiousity and absorption. Much of the learning for a child comes as a result of the opportunities they have for testing their own abilities in a real life context.
Before leaving the building, children and adults are encourgaed to join in with our 'sticky elbow' song;
"Put your elbow in the glue and stick it to the person next to you"
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it
alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul”
With a camp fire site and 5 "Base Camps" maintained within the surrounding woodland of the Wilton site, the outdoor environment at South Hills is second to none. Our minibuses ensure that there are regular opportunities for children from the local sites to access the facilities here, whilst members of our Outdoor Learning Team visit those settings beyond the immediate locality, to run sessions from the ample gardens of the Semley and Corsham sites.