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.

The Big Toddle – Banardos Charity
The Big Toddle – Banardos Charity
Last Friday, Nursery and the Harlow Green Toddler Group took part in “The Big Toddle”. The Big Toddle is a short, sponsored walk to raise money for vulnerable children and young adults through Barnado’s....
Reception Visit Hall Hill Farm
Reception Visit Hall Hill Farm
The children in Reception have thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Hall Hill Farm today. We had a great time meeting all the farmyard animals and even feeding a few. After lunch, we enjoyed holding...
Printmaking at Angel  Court
Printmaking at Angel Court
This week saw a change of pace at Angel Court. Hannah Shaw, a printmaker, came to run a creative session inspired by the wood carvings of Thomas Bewick. First the children looked at some...
Peter’s Pebble
Peter’s Pebble
Pebbles Pebbles Pebbles The children in the Nursery enjoyed collecting pebbles for their homework. When we came back to Nursery we explored the pebbles and discussed where we collected them from and used our...
Camping, Holidays and Travelling
Camping, Holidays and Travelling
Holidays Holidays Holidays The children in Nursery have enjoyed talking about different kinds of holidays, where they could go, where they would like to go, where they would stay and how they would get...
Ford Castle – So long, farewell 1
Ford Castle – So long, farewell 1
The children have (tiredly) enjoyed their final activities this moving before we head back to school. It has been lovely to talk to the instructors today, who have commented. Upon what a polite, enthusiastic...
Seaside Fun
Seaside Fun
In Reception this week, we read ‘Lucy and Tom at the Seaside’, by Shirley Hughes.  The children enjoyed sharing their own experiences of seasides on Tapestry, especially since lots of children went to the...
Come and Play the Forest School Way.
Come and Play the Forest School Way.
A busy week in our Forest School. Reception built dinosaur nests and as you can see they are are moving and handling the wild resources with confidence and maturity. Some other children worked with...
Jubilee Day!
Jubilee Day!
The children had the best day celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee on the last day of term! The children wore their homemade crowns very proudly, and we ate our homemade picnic in the sun and...