Newport Road, Lake, Sandown, Isle Of Wight, PO36 9PE

01983 402403

Broadlea Primary School

Together to Excellence

Forest School

Forest School Vision

To enable every pupil to have the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world. Increasing confidence, self-esteem and respect in preparation for an ever-changing world, and providing a holistic approach to learning through opportunities for challenge, risk-taking, and social development.

Forest School Aims
  • To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop their character, resilience, confidence and independence.
  • To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.
  • To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.
  • To provide a learning environment that promotes mental and physical wellbeing.
  • To provide an environment that promotes spiritual awareness and creative thinking.
  • To provide ways of developing practical life skills in an outdoor environment.
  • To develop a positive disposition to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks.
  • To provide opportunities to develop team working skills.
  • To enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.
  • To help each child build self-control and interpersonal skills.

All year groups have Forest School timetabled as an essential part of their curriculum – Reception attend daily; Year 1 & 2 have a regular weekly session, however outdoor learning takes place daily; Year 3 & 4 attend weekly; and Year 5 & 6 attend fortnightly. Sessions are led by the Class Teachers and our qualified Forest School Leads: Mrs Ellen Nilsen-Grahame, Mrs Emma Trimmer and Miss Sarah Porter. 

Forest School/Outdoor Learning clothes should be kept in school all week for Reception & Year 1. Years 2-6 should keep their basic Forest School clothes in school all week for Outdoor Learning (Wellies and Waterproof) and bring their old trousers/fleece/warm clothing in on the correct day for Forest School. Children will learn in a variety of weathers and in all seasons; this is all part of the Forest School philosophy.