I get really excited when it’s Forest School. You feel free outside, you can run around and it makes me feel happy. We’ve been looking at different types of trees and leaves and we’ve listened to the birds and other nature sounds
At Stafford Prep School, we believe that the classroom extends beyond the traditional four walls. We make the most of our extensive grounds and our own woodland area known as ‘The Drumble.’ We also have our own Prep School garden and vegetable plot!
From building dens and getting messy in the mud kitchen, to exploring nature and the wildlife in our woodland, the children at Stafford Prep are encouraged to make the most of the outdoors. We enjoy taking part in the ‘National Great Outdoors Day’ where we incorporate the whole curriculum outside.
Everything is carefully and continually risk assessed, well-staffed and planned whilst leaving room for spontaneous activities and plenty of fun.
We are proud to run Forest School for all Year groups in the Prep School. Each week, our children have a lesson in the school’s woodland area and get to explore the natural habitats and wildlife right here on our own school site.
Through our carefully planned activities, we encourage a life-long love of the natural world, whilst also developing our pupils’ confidence, self-esteem and social skills. Being out in the forest is a fully immersive experience and contributes to the holistic approach to education where the whole child is given priority.
I love Forest School because you can explore new things in nature and toasting marshmallows is really fun too!
Outdoor Trips and Residentials
All children from Year 4 have the opportunity to participate in outdoor education of the highest standard. These opportunities aim to achieve three core learning outcomes: confidence, resilience and life skills. Year 4 children spend a day at Conkers Discovery Park in the National Forest where they have the opportunity to KataKanu on the river, Barefoot walk on the longest course in the UK and orienteer around the site.
Our overnight trips in Year 5 and 6 allow children to develop greater independence and confidence. For many, a residential trip may be the first time they have been away from home and we work closely with parents to ensure this is a positive and fun experience.
Year 5 spend two nights at Kingswood, Colomendy, Denbighshire, North Wales. Children get the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities including a high ropes course, the 3G swing and the giant zip wire. Evenings are spent by the campfire toasting marshmallows, telling stories and singing.
Year 6 students spend a whole week at FSC Rhyd-y-creuau in the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Snowdonia National Park, Wales. Activities range from gorge walking to mountain climbing in the snow – a real life changing experience.