At Lons Infant School we truly value outdoor learning and try to incorporate it throughout our curriculum. We are fortunate to have a large outdoor space that has a woodland area (Little Acorn Wood), a stream, wood circle, and a decked area along with a playground. This means that not only are we able to frequently teach and learn outside but our children are able to take part in outdoor activities throughout the year.
Our children enjoy building dens, mini-beast hunting and spending time in nature. They also enjoy participating in outdoor learning most weeks. These skills they learn through these progresses throughout the classes. This means when a child leaves us, they should have experienced lots of different outdoor skills which will have helped them increase in confidence, maturity and self-esteem.
Being outdoors is a proven way to improve your mental wellbeing. As a school we believe above all that it is our duty to help children develop the skills they need to be resilient, well-rounded and healthy members of society. By instilling the values of outdoor learning and forest schools, we are helping our children take care of their own mental and physical wellbeing, by allowing them to explore independence, challenge and problem solving.
Due to staff changes our fully qualified member of staff has recently left school so we have a member of staff in training in forest school.
As a school, we are committed to ensuring all our children get to enjoy outdoor learning as a big part of their time with us.