Outdoor & Community Learning

At Harlow Green, we have developed an environment and curriculum which takes children beyond the classroom and places them into their natural environment as well as their community.

Forest School

Harlow Green is different from most schools in that it is a Forest School.  The Forest School approach provides a hands-on, practical education in our outdoor environment. This part of the curriculum is managed by a qualified Forest School Leader – Miss Rowe – who continuously maintains and develops her professional practice. The Forest Education Community has put together the guiding principles for Forest Schools. These principles were agreed to ensure good practice across the country.

  • Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • It takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • We use a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • It offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

Our approach at Harlow Green is centred on enabling children to develop a sense of independence and self-motivation, they become more courageous and can learn to realistically assess situations, are more self-reliant and opportunistic. This approach particularly supports the development of self-esteem and self-confidence. The focus in Forest School and Outdoor Learning is on short achievable tasks which then build in complexity based on observations of the children’s needs and interests.

Community Work

Developing children’s understanding about their local community and providing the opportunity to positively impact upon it is essential in developing the future generation.  Through the regular curriculum but also through our outdoor curriculum, children are involved in projects which allows them to work within the local community in a variety of ways and to actively engage within it.

Taking Forest School home.
Taking Forest School home.
Our Forest School would like to share some ideas that might help to inspire you in these difficult times. We know it is vital, to help control the spread of this virus, that as...
Pottery with our friends at Angel Court
Pottery with our friends at Angel Court
Despite difficult times, our children and residents of Angel Court enjoyed a fantastic last session creating pottery depictions of the Angel of the North.   They started by rolling out the clay using guide sticks...
Enjoying the Spring Sunshine
Enjoying the Spring Sunshine
Year 4 took advantage of their swimming lessons being cancelled to prove they are still confident in their Forest School skills. What better way to spend a sunny morning. Don’t forget in these times...
Meanwhile in the woods……….
Meanwhile in the woods……….
Year 2 spent some time today in our wooded and grass area on the Key Stage One yard. They have been using their Forest school skills to create mini-dens and nests to help demonstrate...
What’s all the drama?
What’s all the drama?
Awareness and protection of our personal information has never been as important. Helping our children to  understand how situations can quickly spiral out of control and showing them how to protect  themselves is vital...
The willow wall of well-being
The willow wall of well-being
This term, in Year 5, our Forest School is focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional education in a more specific way.  Last week the children discussed the three aspects of human health; physical, mental...
Glazing day at Angel Court
Glazing day at Angel Court
The children spent an amazing afternoon working on their sgraffito tiles with the residents of Angel Court. Learning about the different glazes and how to apply them is really interesting and we are eagerly...
Stone Age Feast
Stone Age Feast
In our Forest School this week Year 3 experienced some culinary delights from the Stone Age. Linking to their topic they have been learning about how Stone Age man would have hunted and gathered...