Handcross Primary School

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Headteacher: Mrs Gillian Pedersen

Forest School

Pupils in KS2 are offered a wonderful learning opportunity at Nymans. Forest school has an emphasis on outdoor learning to promote confidence, self-esteem and independence. It enables the children to expand knowledge of themselves, others and the environment by taking part in hands-on activities in a safe, natural setting within the woods of Nymans Gardens.

Ranger Tom Hill explains a little more about the programme and some of its many benefits:

Nymans Forest School has grown significantly over the past two years and now runs weekly. Forest School is a concept taken from a Scandinavian model of education where children interact with nature from a young age. It places an emphasis on self-led learning and aims to nurture team spirit as well as spark an interest in, and respect for, the living things around the woodland. Children light camp fires, share food and practice woodworking skills.

There is also plenty of time and freedom for them to make new friends, explore their surroundings and use their imaginations to come up with games, challenges and experiences of their own.

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