Riddlesworth Hall officially recognised as Forest School
A south Norfolk primary school will introduce a new strand of outdoor education to its curriculum in the next academic year, after being granted official Forest School accreditation.
Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School is set to add weekly outdoor sessions to its timetable and build a new log cabin classroom in the woods, after teachers Kerry Hawksworth and Sue Dixon achieved qualifications to serve as Forest School Leader and Forest School Assistant, respectively.
The Scandinavia-inspired Forest School ethos was developed to help schools enhance subjects using natural outdoor environments.
Mrs Hawksworth said: “Being a Forest School is more than just making the most of the fantastic woodland we have around our school.
“It’s a long-term teaching approach in which the activities we plan can be carefully tailored to the needs of the individuals in each group.”
School headteacher Paul Cochrane added: “You also see the children come alive when they are playing and learning in the woods, and we believe happy children work harder and achieve more.”