Matchborough First School Academy

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Outdoor learning

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Subject Leader: Miss Smart


All children at Matchborough go to the forest every half term. Nursery and Reception use the woodland area in Early Years and Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 us the forest area next to the field.

Venturing into the forest every half term throughout the whole year will mean that children will start to connect to their school and local environment and take a real sense of pride and care towards it. The children will start to notice the difference between all four seasons in more detail. They will notice the similarities and differences between how the environment smells and feels.

High-quality outdoor learning experiences are proven to:

  • develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem-solving approaches in ‘real’ situations
  • encourage holistic development of children
  • develop resilience and adaptability in occasionally adverse circumstances
  • allow children to become more able to identify hazards and risks
  • develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature and all that is living
  • develop an understanding of how we can look after our environment
  • develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem
  • develop collaborative-working and communication skills
  • provide positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development
  • develop a lifelong love of the outdoors

Our Forest Area

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