St. Dominic Forest School
ST DOMINIC FOREST SCHOOL ETHOS STATEMENT
Within St. Dominic Catholic Primary School, we are committed to providing a high quality education, giving our pupils opportunities to realise their potential and develop their full uniqueness. To help us to achieve this, we have introduced Forest School provision into our curriculum, giving our pupils opportunities to grow and develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially in the natural world around them.
At St Dominic School, we believe a holistic approach to outdoor play and learning gives children the opportunity to explore and achieve their full potential, and develop skills and attitudes which can then be transferred into everyday life.
At our Forest School, positive experiences of the natural environment promote the personal, social and emotional well-being of the individual, by improving their physical, social and communication skills, increasing their self-esteem and confidence, and nurturing their emotional and spiritual development. As Christians, we are stewards of the natural world and it is our duty to protect and look after God’s creation. Our Forest School teaches respect for nature and the importance of sustainability, and invites children to connect with nature in a meaningful and mutually beneficial way.
St Dominic School believes learning that is based on experience and the acquisition of skills, rather than outcomes, promotes motivation, values contribution and encourages the engagement and participation of all.