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ORIGINS OF FOREST SCHOOL

At Manor Fields, Outdoor Learning is a key focus, and all classes teach outside the classroom at least once a fortnight. Some activities take place in our Forest School setting, whilst others may use different areas of our extensive school grounds: fantastic outdoor spaces that are continuously being developed and improved.

Early Years – Separate playground with markings, adventure play equipment, wooden play house, covered area which allows for all-year all-weather outdoor activities, trikes and scooters, water and sand trays.

Playgrounds – Two large playgrounds with markings, seating, a wide range of playground games equipment, hedges, trees and a shed containing toys and outdoor learning equipment and resources.

Field – a beautiful field enclosed by hedgerows and paths, marked for PE activities, adventure play equipment (monkey bars, balance beams, tyres etc) with an all-weather base to allow activity even in wet weather.

Forest Schools Area – Wooden tree stump seating around a bonfire circle for 30 children, allowing a class to go over and work comfortably. There are bird boxes and insect ‘hotels’ to investigate. There is a natural, trodden’ path around the entire wildlife area to allow quiet exploration, mature trees and wildflower gardens, a small shed.. We ensure that there is always an area of natural materials (sticks, branches, stones etc.) for the children to use when den or shelter building.

Kitchen Garden – an enclosed garden with raised beds, all-weather walkways (currently in need of improvement).

Qualified Staff: Manor Fields has qualified Forest School (Level 1 and 2) staff who are able to lead and advise on Forest School and outdoor learning and how to embed this into the primary curriculum.


Our aims & principles


At Manor Fields School we endeavour to:

  • Promote equality of treatment and equal access to educational opportunity within the school community;
  • Create a calm, purposeful and happy atmosphere within the school which enables all children to access the curriculum;
  • Foster positive caring attitudes towards everyone, in the community by promoting respect, courtesy, tolerance, teamwork, trust and honesty;
  • Acknowledge and value achievements at all levels in an environment that encourages pride in effort as well as achievement;
  • Encourage increasing independence and self-discipline so that each child learns to accept responsibility for his/her own behaviour;
  • Apply a consistent approach to behaviour throughout the school, in partnership with parents and carers;
  • Make boundaries of acceptable behaviour clear and ensure that appropriate behaviour is encouraged and recognised;
  • Promote a sense of direction and feeling of common purpose in an environment which is safe and secure for all in our school community.

There are two basic principles upon which our behaviour policy is based:

  • We believe that when a child demonstrates unacceptable behaviour, it is the behaviour which is unacceptable not the child.
  • We believe it is our duty to promote and encourage positive behaviour and not just react to that which is unacceptable.

 

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