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.

Risk Benefits in Forest School.
Risk Benefits in Forest School.
        Year 4 are learning about risk benefit in their Forest School sessions. Actively teaching the children to analyse activities in detail, gives them a further depth of knowledge and encourages...
Angel Court
Angel Court
A lovely afternoon at Angel Court catching up with old friends. This week we were helping to finish off some decorative boards that the residents have been working on. Inspired by some of the...
Year 6 unwind in our Forest School.
Year 6 unwind in our Forest School.
After a busy week completing their SATS the Year 6 children enjoyed some down time in our Forest School. They made friendship bracelets, cooked cinnamon dampers over the camp fire, whittled sticks and made...
Rain does not stop play.
Rain does not stop play.
After all the hard work that the children have put in to make our Forest School and Fairy friendly place, the children were shocked to discover that a letter had been left by some...
Busy days in Forest School.
Busy days in Forest School.
Year six are experienced hands in our Forest School. They are putting those skills into practice now, planning and executing their own ideas. It is fantastic to see how much they have developed their...
Invitations to Forest School
Invitations to Forest School
Year 2 were very excited this week, they rushed out to work on their Fairy houses only to discover that they had been covered in Fairy dust overnight. Spurred on by this they decided...
Easter Tea Party at Angel Court
Easter Tea Party at Angel Court
Our final week at Angel Court working with Neil. The children and residents have made some beautiful creations. The final finishes were carried out, wooden hens mounted onto a grassy base and a last coat...