Learn with passion to live with purpose
Chilton School has a strong outdoor ethos. The benefits of outdoor play and interaction with nature are well known and increasingly important in a world where children spend so much free time indoors. Spending time outside promotes a general sense of wellbeing, encourages different ways of creative play and gives children a better understanding of the world around them. Teachers may report that it improves focus in the classroom too.
We are fortunate to have our own onsite Forest School area in the corner of the school grounds, the area contains a selection of mature trees, saplings, shrubs and a pond. During Forest School sessions the children get the opportunity to:
* Enjoy self-lead learning
* Engage with nature
* Learn new skills
* Play in a natural environment
* Take risks
* Work independently or as part of a team
A typical session starts lasts up to 2 hours and children explore the area and partake in activities of their choosing including bug hunting, den building, pond dipping and hide and seek. There is a break halfway through for hot chocolate and a biscuit. Normally, once a term, children get to experience a campfire in our fire pit where they are able to toast some bread or cook some popcorn to enjoy with their hot chocolate.
All nursery and reception age children attend Forest School on a regular basis; children in higher year groups attend on a termly basis. The sessions are run by Mrs Baum who is fully qualified teacher and trainee Forest School Leader.