Hednesford Valley High

Hednesford Vallery High School

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Outdoor Learning - 'Forest Schools to Gardening'

Outdoor learning improves social skills, health, team building, well-being and behaviour leading to a better understanding of the natural world.  Fresh air, being active and spending time outdoors are all great for both mental and physical health.

Students at Hednesford Valley High explore the outdoors as part of their curriculum through 6 sessions of Forest School during year 7.  Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all students opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.  The ethos of Forest School is that the sessions are student led, planning is not rigid and can be altered at the request of the students.  Lots of freedom is given for exploring the environment with very little staff involvement.

The principles of Forest School are further developed through a lunchtime gardening club and then horticulture lessons in key stage 4.  Students learn about the principle of field to fork, how produce is grown and develop enterprise projects for example making plants as gifts for special occasions.

In key stage 5 students further develop planting and gardening both around the school, for members of the local community and to support the development of local parks and church grounds.

The work students complete at Hednesford Valley High gives them the skills required to develop their studies further at Rodbaston College through post-16 or 19 options which lead to apprenticeships and work.

Link to Chase co-operative Learning Trust 2015-16 Report