Leweston Prep has been an accredited Forest School since September 2017 which enables us to offer a host of outdoor opportunities to the children which benefit every area of the curriculum.
We have a large area of designated woodland, called ‘The Enchanted Wood’ which we use for our Forest School sessions. The wood has two clearings with log seating circles and fire pits. In one of the clearings we have our full outdoor classroom, with an all-weather awning, a storage area and sufficient seating for a whole class.
The possibilities in the Forest School sessions are endless, but the benefits remain the same. Children learn to work as part of a team, to solve problems and adapt their ideas, to interact with the world around them and to approach challenges logically. These ‘soft-skills’ are those that will be transferable and beneficial throughout the rest of their lives.
Additionally, Forest School enables staff to view the children in new ways. Providing an additional insight into what motivates them and how their minds work. Fresh air and exercise are indeed a part of the principle, but Forest School offers much more to our children and it is firmly at the heart of Leweston Nursery.
The sessions take place in all weather, from snow to sun, so it is crucial that all children have full kit for each lesson. As in the education of Norwegian children, our philosophy is that there is no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothing.