At Bromley High Junior School, we make the most of our beautiful extensive school grounds to provide opportunities for outdoor learning. As part of our strong environmental ethos, we have a unique and integrated Forest School programme for our girls in Reception to Year 4.
The girls attend one six week block annually, at varying times over the year, so they can experience all the different seasons outdoors. One of the sessions in each block is jointly held with pupils from Bickley Park Junior School.
The programme takes place in a woodland environment with the aim of developing opportunities for the girls to encounter the beauty, joy, awe and wonder of the natural environment.
- The approach is ‘hands on’ and seeks to promote the holistic development of the unique child, including physical, spatial, linguistic, emotional and spiritual aspects, developing an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world.
- Self-confidence and independence are increased through freedom, time and space to learn.
- A safe and secure environment allows the girls to extend their learning beyond their comfort zone; to challenge their existing boundaries and ideas and to tackle investigations and tasks which in the classroom may not be possible.
- Collaboration and co-operation between them, their peers and the forest school leader is at the core of the Forest School programme.
- Social skills develop through risk taking and an understanding of the consequences of your own actions, whilst self-awareness, self-regulation and empathy for others are also developed.
- Forest School enables the girls to be active participants in their own education and development.