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Forest School Celebrates 1000th Pupil Landmark

Monday 10th April 2017

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In March the Panshanger Park Forest School welcomed its 1000th pupil. This exciting milestone comes just two years after the school opened.

The school, which is a Tarmac initiative delivered in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, opened in February 2015 and offers outdoor learning programmes designed to build children’s skills and confidence of working and playing in the natural environment.

The Forest School offers six-week courses for schools, with lessons that feed into the national curriculum. Lessons are varied and include activities such as den building, fire lighting and natural art. Whilst each session has a lesson plan, with learning objectives set, child-initiated learning is always encouraged to allow children the freedom to explore. The Forest School initially focused on local school groups but has expanded to include home-schooled children and younger children under its ‘Nature Tots’ sessions.

Becky Shenton, Panshanger Park Forest Schools Officer, said: “I am delighted at how far the Forest School has come in just two years. Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has always strived to bring the local community closer to nature and Forest School has really contributed to this on a large scale. Nearly 1,000 children have attended Forest School and we are looking forward to other significant milestones in the future.

“Outdoor learning in Hertfordshire has an exciting future too and in 2017 we are planning to extend our programme to include River School, also to be funded by Tarmac, which aims to educate children about that most precious of Hertfordshire’s natural resources – our chalk rivers.“