The Purpose of Studying Forest Schools
At SSMJ we recognise Forest School is a unique method of Outdoor Education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment. This links closely with our Catholic ethos approach and one of the encyclical letters from Pope Francis (2015) ‘Laudato Si’’ This fully supports our Mission Statement:
Following the example of Jesus, together we learn, love and respect one another to be the best we can be.
This is achieved by setting small achievable tasks. The child is never put in a position where he/she will fail so success is attained. It is a child centred, and child led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks
In line with the national curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Statutory Framework 2021, the curriculum at SSMJ aims to ensure that all pupils: