'Just as children need good nutrition, adequate sleep they also need to connect with nature.'- Richard Louv
'Natural places are singularly engaging, stimulating, life-enhancing environments, where children can reach new depths of understanding about themselves, their abilities and their relationship with the world around them.’ - Tim Gill
At Moreland children develop ecological awareness and have an understanding of their place in the world, they are learning to be active citizens so that they can appreciate and respect the world around them. 'No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.' - David Attenborough
Covid has restricted us all so much, we are living in uncertain times and have had to limit our social interaction in a way that has never happened before. Children need to be able to re-develop their interactions and connections with each other and the world around them.
Time in nature has many benefits for our health and well-being and being outside provides a safe environment for children to learn and connect with others in these unprecedented times.
The Wildlife Trusts call for every child to have a daily one-hour nature boost.
Children’s well-being increased after they had spent time connecting with nature: the children showed an increase in their personal well-being and health over time, and they showed an increase in nature connection and demonstrated high levels of enjoyment.
The children also gained educational benefits as well as wider personal and social benefits:
Each class has the opportunity to have an hour outside everyday. In addition to play and lunchtimes, they also have take part in The Daily Mile and have at least one outdoor learning curriculum linked lesson a week.
In 2019 we surveyed our Year 6 and many children had not had the chance to complete the activities, this highlighted the need to provide our children with these experiences during school time and embed some of them as part of our curriculum.
Have a look at the ultimate 50 activities and see how many you have done? What would you like to do next?
Prior to COVID each class had dedicated outdoor learning opportunities for each of their topics.
We had a comprehensive offer of trips and workshops and planned sessions within the school grounds that helped to stimulate learning and encourage exploration and discovery around topics and subjects.
Currently we are following government guidelines and are now able to go on trips again which has been brilliant for the children and staff.
See individual class pages for their most recent outdoor learning experiences.
Watch this video for an introduction to Forest School.
Research has shown that children can benefit from Forest School sessions in a variety of ways:
Knowledge and Understanding
(Murray and O'Brien, 2005, Jenner and Hughes, 2005)
We are fortunate to have a dedicated Forest School Team at Moreland, our Assistant head is Level 3 trained and I am completing my level 3 training. We also have a very experienced outdoor learning teacher and 5 members of support staff who are completing their level 1 course. This means that every class can have a block of Forest School sessions during the year and throughout their time at Moreland they will be able to develop their Forest School skills each year.
Make - shelter building, rope and knot work, fire safety, lighting and cooking
Create- natural arts and crafts, drama and music
Play- team games, Natures Kitchen, tracking games
People- mindfulness, teamwork, reflection
Forests- hazard awareness and risk management, improving forest area, biodiversity and identifying living things
Forest School Rules:- poster to come