Forest School

Our curriculum places great emphasis on developing life skills and preparing our pupils to take their place in society. Our curriculum aims to develop confident young people who feel valued and can contribute to society.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children opportunities to achieve and develop their confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. We are proud of a fabulous outdoor learning area. 

At Burley Oaks, we are fortunate to have a highly skilled, level 3 trained Forest School leader so that all the children are supported to develop a wide range of skills that they wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to do inside the classroom. Such learning activities are carefully planned and interwoven through our curriculum offer. Often these are Bush craft skills, whilst developing an inquisitive, caring attitude toward the natural world and to build skills and knowledge. We endeavour, that through the Forest School experiences, to create environmentally conscious citizens for the future.

We also use Forest School lessons as an opportunity to enhance other areas of the National Curriculum, by providing real life experiences in which to apply their learning. We regularly carry out Science, Geography and Art related activities, whilst a range of reading materials are available for both pleasure and independent research.

We support children with additional needs by providing opportunities for them to excel, without written methods of recording their learning and no one correct answer being required. Key vocabulary is taught, displayed and referred to throughout the sessions. Activities are adapted and a range of tools are available to support children with a range of needs, if required.