If you go down to the woods today at St Hugh’s School, you’re sure of a big surprise!
Studies demonstrate that children now know less about the natural world than ever before. According to the National Trust, fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago, a third have never climbed a tree, and one in ten can’t ride a bike .
Fortunately, increasing outdoor time for children is the simplest way to tackle the issues associated with a more sedentary lifestyle and a forest education offers a range of proven health and wellbeing benefits.
Children from Nursery to Year 4 participate in the St Hugh’s Forest School allowing unstructured play, generating a sense of freedom, independence and inner strength. While pupils from Years 5 and 6 have outdoor learning skills lessons. St Hugh’s equips children for life, not just in an academic sense but by developing the whole personality.
A wide range of activities take place at the Forest School (located in the woods within our grounds) including den building, outdoor cooking on camp fires and in our pizza oven, foraging and crafts to name just a few. Other outdoor activities include a gardening hobby.