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Welcome to 

Our Secret Garden!

In our Secret Garden, we learn and flourish. We make music and rhythm. We make dens and share with our friends. We find bugs and insects and even slimy snails! We build and construct and show fantastic teamwork. We look at nature and see how things grow. In our Secret Garden, we explore our amazing world!

Welcome to our Secret Garden! At St Michael's, we aim to give children as many experiences as possible. We believe that outdoor learning encourages self-confidence and inspires individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. 

Each Forest School session is designed to support development in many areas of learning. The children are encouraged to explore and develop their own activities and ‘freely chosen play’ is a big part of the experience, especially with the younger children. However, opportunities are provided for using tools and most Forest Schools would have a fire circle. Learning about health and safety and taking ‘risks’ in a controlled way are important parts of the experience.


What are the benefits of outdoor learning?

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Improved social skills

  • Development of language and communication skills                          

  • Improved physical motor skills

  • Improved motivation and concentration

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment

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