At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall we have tested outside-learning theories and reaped the rewards. Children, in Early Years, Pre-Prep and the Prep School, let their imaginations run wild all year round, in Donkey Pen, Elephant’s Nest and other areas within the extensive grounds. Structured tasks and achievable goals are set to increase self-confidence and encourage teamwork. Tending their own garden areas also helps children to understand responsibility.
Children’s social skills tend to flourish with increased independence, self-confidence and motivation as a direct result.
Central to Forest School is the whole human being – head, heart, hands, thinking, feeling and willing. Childhood is a precious time where a sense of wonder is embedded, something which Forest School looks to develop, helping children to grow at their own pace, connect with nature and become responsible environmental stewards.
‘The surrounding parkland is a paradise for pupils…’ ISI
National Curriculum subjects are reinforced and supported by practical, hands-on learning. Science, Geography, Art and Drama are just some of the subjects continued outside the classroom. Carefully planned and supervised activities allow children to take risks and make choices appropriate to their age and ability. Learning follows ‘enquiry through exploration’ principles.
‘The curriculum is significantly enhanced by sessions in the Forest School.’ ISI