“Regardless of circumstances, we want our students to leave Moreton School well-equipped with the life skills needed to become well-rounded individuals. We aim to encourage thoughtful students, inspire opinionated voices and develop enquiring minds and challenge them through our commitment to well-planned, inspirational teaching and outstanding practice.” – Moreton’s Forest Schools Department.
KS3 Curriculum – Forest School
Within Key Stage 3, students in year 7 and 8 have 1 term of approximately 12 lessons of 2 hours of Forest School per week. The Forest School department have worked hard to ensure that an irresistible curriculum is on offer so that all students are inspired, engaged in their learning and reach their full potential.
Pupils take part in the nationally recognised John Muir Award. It has 4 sections and allows them to: – discover a wild place, explore it, do something to conserve it and share their experiences.
The benefits pupils gain are that they are given a challenge and adventure, from being in wild places, have an environmental awareness from exploring such areas, gain knowledge and skills gained from the experience in the outdoors and involvement in conservation activities. They share their experiences with friends, colleagues and become role models.
- Identification of flora and fauna in the school grounds and in the local area
- Explore Pendeford Mill Nature
- Reserve and create their own classroom within the forest
- Construct a variety of natural shelters in Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve
- Learn the basics of orienteering in the school grounds
- Explore Pendeford Mill Nature Reserve and create their own classroom within the forest
- Use a variety of tools for wood collection and whittling
- Cooking with no trace fires, Kelly kettles and trangias
- Erect man-made shelters using tarpaulins and tents
- Orienteering at Cannock Chase
- Conservation work at Pendeford Mill
- Nature Reserve
How will pupils be assessed?
Pupils will complete the John Muir Award. To pass pupils will discover a wild place, explore it, do something to conserve it and share their experiences.
Head of Forest Schools
Mr Grimshaw leads Forest Schools at Moreton School