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.

Willow Fencing
Willow Fencing
Ruth Thompson and her team from Sylvan Arts came into school to make a new fence for our pond area. This requires some expert help as the fence must have an open weave so...
Fun in the Sun
Fun in the Sun
Whilst the bananas were cooking, the children enjoyed some of the activities they have been shown over the last half term. They are now becoming confident in their outdoor environment, taking a real pride...
Campfire Cooking
Campfire Cooking
As this would be our last Forest School session before the Christmas holidays Miss Rowe lit a campfire for the children to enjoy. They sang some of the songs they have learnt for their...
Angel Court – Week 5
Angel Court – Week 5
Year five have been continuing to work on their fabric collage wreath, the children and residents even had a go at felting. Some of the pieces they created will be used to create a...
Angel Court – Week 4
Angel Court – Week 4
The children and the residents of Angel Court enjoyed lots of chat and laughter as they started their Christmas themed activities. Year five have used leaf shaped templates to cut out a variety of...
Angel Court – Week 3
Angel Court – Week 3
On their third week, the children and residents have been looking at some different household items from the 70’s. The items were used as inspiration for line drawings that will be made into Lino...
Angel Court – Week 2
Angel Court – Week 2
The children and residents continued to work together on some decorative pieces. They came together to help each other with some of the smaller pieces, the residents were even guiding the children by giving...
Angel Court – Week 1
Angel Court – Week 1
Some of our year five boys and girls along with Miss Rowe are back at Wood Green to spend time with the residents there. The children worked with an artist called Hannah and decorated...
Holly Hoppin
Holly Hoppin
A big well done to our very own directors Jack and Ieuan who alongside Danielle Giddins have filmed this amazing video of our Holly Hoppin. The boys have worked really hard getting some great...