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We have been exploring our school grounds during Forest Friday Activities.

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We love learning outside the classroom!


“A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.”


The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.


At Aston Rowant we encourage children to participate in engaging, motivating and achievable activities in our beautiful outdoor environment. Each child has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills.


Our children learn outside the classroom on a regular basis and through play, have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.


These activities run throughout the year, learning outside in all weathers. Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.


At Aston Rowant, we aim to develop:

  • Self Awareness

  • Self Regulation

  • Intrinsic motivation

  • Empathy

  • Good social communication skills

  • Independence

  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence


    Children, and more and more, adults need time to thoroughly explore their thoughts, feelings and relationships. This time and reflective practice develops understanding of the world, the environment and everything within it through the use of emotions, imagination and senses.


    If you are able to help with our outdoor learning activities, please contact Mrs Roberts and our school office.


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Our allotment is coming along nicely. The children have erected the sun bubble so that we can start growing!
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Come and have a look at our sensory garden. There is so much to see, hear, feel, smell and even taste!


Click on the pictures to take a closer look.

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Parents speak very positively about our school's close feeling of community: 'The School is like an extended family, all pupils feel a tremendous sense of belonging'. Pupils make good progress in all subjects. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. Many pupils make exceptionally rapid progress. There are strong relationships in early years, and children develop positive attitudes to learning based on the care, guidance and support they recieve from staff. Pupils sometimes exceed the expected standards for their age - Ofsted 2017