Southwater Infant Academy introduces Forest Schools

Southwater Infants Academy pupils in the conservation area
Southwater Infants Academy pupils in the conservation area

Pupils at Southwater Infant Academy will receive an ‘innovative, educational approach’ to outdoor learning from this September.

In the new school year, children in year one and two will learn about the natural world and get a first-hand, outdoor learning experience when they attend the newly implemented ‘Forest School’ sessions.

The weekly sessions will be held in the conservation area on the school premises on Worthing road, led by at least two qualified Sussex Wildlife Trust leaders, as well as a member of the Academy’s staff and volunteers.

Activities will include collecting and using natural resources, building fires and shelters, using tools correctly as well as tasks involving environmental art and science.

Vicky May, Eco-Schools and Science co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to be introducing Forest Schools into The Southwater Infant Academy.

“One of the key drivers underpinning the curriculum at The Southwater Infant Academy is ‘Environment’.

“The introduction of Forest Schools will complement and extend our curriculum provision providing the children with first-hand, outdoor learning experiences.”

‘Forest Schools’ were originally developed in Scandanavia in the 1950s and research has found these are affective in developing social and behavioural skills alongside improvements in academic achievement.

Vicky said: “This project will allow children to appreciate the importance of leading sustainable lifestyles in the future.”