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.

Angel Court – A bit of a drama
Angel Court – A bit of a drama
Over the last few weeks we have had some drama students working alongside Jill, one of our regular artists. This week the students ran their first session. Working in groups the residents and children...
Cave paints in the snow
Cave paints in the snow
Children in Year 3 have been learning about cave painting, linked to their class topic on the Stone and Iron Age. Today they were tasked with making some paint of their own. They came...
Spring
Spring
As Spring approaches so our workload increases, getting the site ready for the new season takes many hands, luckily we have lots of eager helpers.
R.S.P.B. Big School Birdwatch
R.S.P.B. Big School Birdwatch
In preparation for the Big School Bird-watch children across school have been learning about the characteristics and natural habitats of our native birds. We researched the types of birds that we expected to see...
Tripod lashing
Tripod lashing
This week saw heavy rain so we took the opportunity to learn some knot-work. We focused on a tri-pod lashing, this will be a really useful fastening to master as next term when the...