Woodland School is a child centred approach to outdoor learning using the woods at the bottom of our school field as a base.
Each term, Mrs Moore (our Woodland School instructor) meets with class teachers to plan a series of lessons linked, where appropriate, to the class’ Enquiry Based Learning theme.
The activities planned are used as a guide for the structure of the session but the children may choose to take activities in a different direction. Mrs Moore may adapt lesson plans in the moment to develop the children’s interests in the most appropriate way.
Observational notes and photographs are taken during each session to document the outcomes in learning and these are recorded in class scrapbooks – please ask your child’s class teacher if you would like to take a look.
Each session ends with a spell from the book ‘The Lost Words’ which is a collection of words relating to nature which are believed to be disappearing from the English Language. We have pledged that all Westwood children will not only be able to identify each of these animals, plants and birds but also share information about them.
Families are invited to join their children for Woodland School sessions during the year where they work and explore together.