Our Forest School
At Oakhurst, we believe strongly that our children are little acorns, ready to grow into mighty Oaks.
Ofsted states 'learning outside the classroom is about raising young people’s achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning.'
It’s about ‘improving young people’s understanding, skills, values, personal and social development and can act as a vehicle to develop young people’s capacity and motivation to learn.’
Taking children outside, helping them connect with the natural environment is more important now than ever before. Teaching children to respect their environment is vital to their future. Research shows that nature play nurtures children’s creativity, promotes good health, raises vitamin levels, inspires problem solving and builds confidence. Learning outside helps develop focus and concentration. It will develop children's gross motor skills building muscle strength and help with co-ordination. It teaches children to problem solve and be resilient, boosting creative thinking. It promotes good sleep and a healthy appetite and generally makes everyone feel happier. WOW!
We aim to have multi curricular learning in an outdoor setting, building vocabulary and long term memory. By participating in a range of experiences in a woodland environment, each child has the opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotion and social skills as well as aspirational and reflective approaches to life. Too often, children in modern society either run headlong into risks without assessing them first or fail to extend their experiences for fear of taking risks. Outdoor learning can teach them to take risks by managing and accessing risks.