Learning Beyond The Classroom

At Great Bedwyn Primary School we provide our children the opportunity to regularly participate in Forest School, supported by a fully qualified and skilled Forest school leader.

The forest school learning experiences contribute significantly to the development of the whole child. This is done by providing a creative stimulating and child-centred natural environment that gives children time to develop independence and a sense of place.

At Forest school your child is learning to:

  • Engage in a range of practical activities, think creatively and carry out achievable tasks.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills, including language and numeracy, to real problems.
  • Explore the natural environment and manage risks working either independently or in small groups.

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Fiona de Pass, our Reception teacher and Forest School co-ordinator, recently contributed to a piece in the Daily Telegraph about the growth of Forest Schools in the UK.  Discussing the benefits of initiatives such as the one we run at Great Bedwyn and the history of Forest School programs, Fiona is quoted as saying ”In an age where we are concerned that children are more sedentary, Forest School supports all the physical development curriculum goals, encouraging the children to adopt healthy lifestyle habits and use their local area.”

Read the full article here:

Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools