Over recent years, staff, governors and parents have worked hard to develop the outdoor area at Offord Primary School, particularly the Orchard which has been transformed into a ‘Forest School’ area.
‘Forest School’ is a specialised learning process. It offers regular opportunities for all learners to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Here all children, from pre-school through to Year 6, enjoy timetabled, specialist taught sessions. This is a wildlife haven with a pond (fenced for safety) wild flower areas an outdoor classroom and woodland for den making. There is a story teller’s throne, in a circle around a fire pit which is sometimes used to make fires under careful supervision.
Mrs Taylor leads our Forest School Programme and has trained the teaching staff to ensure that each session will allow learners to focus on personal, social and technical skills.
Children will need to bring in their wellies and suitable clothing to ensure they can participate in their session. They will be outside in all weathers with their teachers and supportive teaching assistants and will be encouraged to be involved in all the activities. From time to time, we will update the Facebook page with photos of these exciting sessions.
The Forest School is part of our extensive outdoor space. There is also a large playing field used for PE lessons and school events including our very popular Sports Day in July.
The playground is big enough for a netball court and has gardens and play areas, including a trim trail with a wobbly bridge, a giant sand pit and a decking ‘stage’. All children are able to use the equipment at playtime and wherever they are they can be seen clearly by staff. We also have a vegetable garden and a greenhouse set up for us by the village Gardening Club.
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