It has been widely acknowledged that spending time outside is fundamental to well-being and mental health, particularly during the childhood years. At Herne Bay Junior School, we are extremely fortunate to have a large and thriving forest area which has been developed for the benefit of our pupils. All year groups utilise the glorious outdoor space as part of our curriculum on a regular basis. The aim of these lessons is to embed life skills such as team building, problem solving and improving their communication whilst enjoying the natural beauty around them regardless of the season. Alongside these useful tools to equip them as they grow, they also have the opportunity to get their hands dirty! Whether it is digging and planting in the flowerbeds, learning how to whittle sticks or building a watertight shelter, the focus is on working together in a positive, safe and engaging environment.
To allow comfortable and effective sessions, it is an expectation that children come to school on forest days with the correct clothing and footwear (e.g. wellies, raincoats in the wet weather). This will help them to enjoy their outdoor experiences!