Forest School and The Patch
We are very lucky to have fantastic woodland within our school grounds, which offers our children inspirational and exciting opportunities. Children access Forest Schools activities at various points in their time at Hoole which are run by our fully qualified Forest School Leader, Mrs Jones.
Forest Schools is a growing movement in the UK which is proven to raise children’s motor skills, self-esteem, cooperative and social skills and also to enable children to take risks in a safe environment. Feedback from the children is incredibly positive and the enthusiasm and excitement Forest Schools creates is highly contagious! During the sessions, our children embrace learning outside the classroom. Typical activities include making dens, learning how to cook on a campfire, make woodland craft items, using tools safely, caring for our environment, identifying different flora and fauna and a lot more besides! Rain or shine, there are always lots of smiles in the woods!
The Patch is an outdoor classroom that allows children to grow, tend, and sometimes eat, their own produce. Over the last few years teachers have taken advantage of our impressive raised beds and greenhouse, and introduced the children to hands on experiences, from planning through to germination and maintenance, culminating in the immense satisfaction gained from harvesting produce. Various experts and enthusiasts, from our local community, have supported our efforts and our stall at the summer fair is usually very popular and sold out. We are always grateful to receive offers of help and if you are interested please leave a message at the office for Mrs Jones.