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Article 31: (Leisure, play and culture) Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.

Not all classrooms have four walls

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Alumwell Junior Forest School uses outdoor experience to promote learning and social development.
We aim to use the outdoor classroom and natural environment as scaffolding to:


  • build self confidence strengthen bonds between children,
  • encourage language and development,
  • awaken a child's inherent inquisitiveness about the natural world,
  • develop an understanding of woodcraft and the ability to make art and usable items through tools and natural materials,
  • to take managed risks and be bold in trying new things,
  • promote imaginative play outside and encourage children to get outside and get moving,
  • foster co-operation between pupils,
  • grow empathy for wild creatures and a sense of stewardship for the environment,
  • cultivate understanding in children from different backgrounds,
  • help set good speaking and listening patterns,
  • bring out hidden possibilities within each child,
  • make children so happy they want to share their happiness with others.