Woodlands Academy have their own Forest School.
The woodlands project has been developing over the past 3 years with an immense amount of work going on behind the scenes.
Following on from the fantastic success in 2014/2015 of the over haul and clearing of the site, pupils and staff then embarked on further improvements, transforming it into a fantastic wild life learning space!
The clearing of the site exposed a huge and exciting area for us to get working on. Students and staff built a large pond and layed wood chip pathways throughout the woodland. We managed to source free wooded seating from a local business so the students have an outdoor learning classroom. Students planted willow saplings and built woven hurdles to zone off different learning areas - they created a Music Zone, an Art Zone, a Geography Zone and a Science Zone, so that all areas of the curriculum can benefit from this outstanding outdoor learning experience. The installation of a decked jetty with rope balustrades also meant that all pupils could take part in pond dipping studies.
The woodlands project also has raised beds to add touch, smell and taste, and a bird hide and feeder encouraging student interaction with nature. Along with wireless bird boxes so that students can study birds nesting, there are also bat boxes and brash hedging inviting wildlife into the woodland. There is also a fire pit area.
Woodlands Academy believe everyone is an individual and that children need activities to support their learning. We believe we have a responsibility to ensure we stimulate them enough to enhance their learning process. We aim to enthuse and educate our students and achieve this through outdoor learning.
Year 7 students have made a short film to show you what's been going on in the woodland, please click on either photo below to view...