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.

We are all different
We are all different
This week in Reception we began our topic for the Autumn term – Marvellous Me. The children have been learning about self-portraits and exploring the concept that everyone is different and unique. They have...
Settling into Nursery.
Settling into Nursery.
Our First Week at Nursery We have had a lovely time altogether in Nursery this week for the first time. We are extremely proud of all of the children settling into our routine of...
Leaf Family Trees
Leaf Family Trees
Tree recognition can be tricky, so many varieties and so difficult to remember new names. This activity helps the children begin to recognise and match, shape, colour and textures. First each child was given...
Rainy Days
Rainy Days
In preparation for their Forest School adventures, Reception children practiced turning waterproofs out the right way and putting them on. Such a useful skill that so that they can be independent and we can...
TIMBER!
TIMBER!
This week we continued with the boat building theme, linked to The Vikings. The children were taught how to make a timber hitch, used to move wood and to create a starting point for...
We’re going on a dinosaur hunt!
We’re going on a dinosaur hunt!
Our mission was to find the missing, deadly dinosaurs hidden in the school grounds. First the children all joined in with a dinosaur chant. “We’re going on a dinosaur hunt, we’re going to catch...
Messing About in the River
Messing About in the River
What a beautiful morning to be creative, catch up with friends and start our journey into this years Forest School sessions.  Linking to the topic of Vikings the children began setting up a boat...
A fun filled morning
A fun filled morning
This week the children in Year 3 enjoyed a morning of forest school and physical activities in the warm sunshine.  Mrs Chapman and Mrs Hamilton’s class displayed impressive teamwork during an orienteering activity.  They...
Our Friends At Angel Court
Our Friends At Angel Court
Due to the pandemic our wonderful visits to Angel Court had to be suspended. Though this was terribly sad for all of us, it was clearly vital to ensure their protection. Miss Rowe has...