We are very fortunate at Orchard Centre to have access to our own private woodland on site. As part of our creative curriculum offer all Key Stage 3 students have access to weekly Forest School sessions where they have the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from fire lighting and camp craft to knife work and basic woodland management.
Sessions follow the 6 Forest School principles:
Long term process: all students have access to a double lesson every week, throughout Key Stage 3.
Natural environment: we are lucky to have access to a 2.5 acre mixed woodland on the campus site.
Holistic development: as well as skills development, sessions are focused on developing student’s confidence, social skills and emotional awareness.
Supported risk: students are encouraged and supported to take appropriate risks to develop both their confidence and their ability to risk-assess situations.
Qualified practitioners: sessions are led by a qualified teacher and Forest School leader and supported at a high staff to learner ratio.
Learner-centred: whilst sessions are planned beforehand they are adapted as they occur to respond to learners emerging interests and needs.
Opportunities for Progression
The skills and knowledge gained during Key Stage 3 Forest School sessions prepare them for progressing to one of our Key Stage 4 outdoor learning pathways.