Our Pre-Prep is an accredited Forest School with our own Leader trained to Level 3 with other practitioners to Level 2. We have our own woodland site on school grounds – Forest Park – which is securely fenced to enable children to work and play happily and with the freedom to explore at will. The aim is to provide experiential education and interaction with the natural environment, which is proven to promote health, learning and emotional well-being.
A rolling programme has been set up so that each year group spends a term in the woods and experiences the changing seasons. They take part in structured tasks and themed activities combining elements of bushcraft, scouting, environmental awareness and adventure play to create a fun and motivating learning tool.
Within this learning programme the children are developing a variety of life skills including independence, competence, cooperation and communication, and they are encouraged to address safety issues for themselves and others. It also intends to engender respect and appreciation for the woodland and to begin to instil an environmental ethic.