Forest School/Outdoor Learning
As part of our commitment to providing quality educational experiences, The Hermitage School is proud to offer a range of Outdoor Learning experiences, including the chance to participate in Forest School sessions.
The use of our diverse outdoor spaces makes a major contribution to physical and environmental education as well as enhancing many other curriculum areas. It contributes to personal growth and social awareness and helps to develop skills for life and the wider world. Qualities such as a sense of responsibility and a purpose in life are nurtured, as well as a strong focus on learning how to manage risks and take on new challenges. There is also a great deal of intrinsic enjoyment and satisfaction to be experienced from participation in outdoor activities.
Challenging outdoor experiences promote the development of the key skills of communication, problem solving and decision making which have value across a range of occupations. They encourage a positive "opting in" and "can do" attitude. Children’s horizons are broadened, new challenges come to be relished and perseverance and determination are reinforced. Skills such as emotional growth, self-esteem, confidence and independence are nurtured and the outdoor environment gives learners time and space to be by themselves, find peace and communicate with others.
As part of our ongoing process of improvement we are continually developing the school grounds in order that they can be used for discrete Outdoor Learning and Forest School teaching. Since November a number of saplings, provided by the Woodland Trust, have been planted on the field and a felled Oak tree has been laid out to 'Re-wild' the area. The ultimate aim is for every child to be given the opportunity to attend half a term of Forest School teaching during their time at The Hermitage School.
Mr Cook is our Forest School and Outdoor Learning Leader and he would love to hear from you if you feel you may be able to volunteer to help out in Forest School sessions.