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Learning Outside the Classroom

The Heart of England Forest


Great Alne Primary School are very excited to be working with Elaine Skates from the Heart of England Forest to develop an outdoor learning programme . The staff share planning and  ideas with Elaine to design outdoor learning sessions that will support and enhance the curriculum learning that we deliver in school and inspire pupils to love the great outdoors.


The sessions link to a range of subjects including Science, Design Technology, Geography, Maths and English. Each half-term the children spend a day at the Heart of England site at Middle Spernal. 

'Our Forest learning programmes deliver significant benefits for our schools and their pupils – strengthening core knowledge, relationships, skills for learning and skills for life'. Heart of England Forest.



'The ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. It believes in children's right to play; the right to access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment); the right to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world; and the right to experience a healthy range of emotions, through all the challenges of social interaction, to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers and their potential' Forest School Training (FSTC).



Outdoor Learning is AMAZING! We track animals and learn more about them. Den building is fun as we use our teamwork skills and carry logs and sticks. It's very close by as well. (Y6)
I enjoy the outdoor learning sessions when we can build dens with sticks. To be safe we have to carry them in a certain way, we have to carry long sticks with another person or drag it on the floor behind us. With little sticks we carry them by our side. It's so much fun building dens with our friends.
Fire building is fun because you can learn and have fun at the same time. You use flint and stone to make the fire and you get to toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate. We love going to the forest and we all enjoy the activities together. (Y5)
Our school is so lucky to have a forest nearby. We all have so much fun. We have themed days like a science or maths day. (Y5)