Statement of Intent: Forest School
At Burhill, we aim to provide a nurturing space that supports our children’s wellbeing by providing and implementing positive outdoor, child-led experiences in a natural setting, the impact of which will help foster traits such as resilience, confidence and independence and develop motivation, co-operation, decision-making and social skills. Such experiences encourage our children to become successful learners and develop as healthy, confident, enterprising and responsible citizens.
Well planned and constructed outdoor learning will help to develop the skills of enquiry, critical thinking and reflection necessary for our children to meet the social, economic and environmental challenges of life in the 21st century. Outdoor learning connects children and young people with the natural world, society and encourages lifelong involvement.
Challenge, enjoyment, relevance, depth, development of the whole person and an adventurous approach to learning are at the core of outdoor pedagogy. The outdoor environment will encourage staff and children to see each other in a different light, building positive relationships and improving self-awareness and understanding of others.