Learning the Forest School way with Westbourne

EDUCATION isn’t restricted to the classroom at Sheffield Westbourne School, where lessons are now just as likely to be held outdoors!

Sheffield’s only non-selective co-educational independent school for children aged three to 16 is now offering all pupils the opportunity to enjoy classes in the new Forest School area for outdoor learning and development.

Forest School is a national innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning, encouraging and inspiring children of all ages through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills.

And as a leading exponent of the scheme, Westbourne has made great headway toward its long-term goal of improving the social and emotional wellbeing of its children through increased access to outdoor learning.

By utilising the whole leafy campus in the centre of Broomhill, Westbourne has ensured that their Forest School provision continues to grow, allowing more children to access new skills at the same time as developing teamwork, perseverance and resilience.

Outdoor lessons are based in The Dell, a beautiful secret wooded garden that can be used for everything from science classes to drama – a stimulating location that encourages the imagination at any time of the year.

“Even though we are at the heart of a busy community, we also have some incredible green space which we felt we had to utilise to its full capacity,” said Westbourne Junior School Head Jon Clark.

“The children find their outdoor lessons even more stimulating, which simply encourages them to even greater learning opportunities.

“We are proud to be a part of the Forest School programme and look forward to developing this even further in the years to come.”

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