Children from Reception follow a weekly programme of learning through ‘Life Skills’

We believe our Life Skills programme  introduces and develops a broad knowledge and understanding of the wider world, which develops confidence, questioning and creativity within our pupils. 

Forest Schools, developed from the Scandinavian Education System, is taught weekly to all Pre-Prep children. The children are encouraged to play, to explore and to take supported risks in a natural environment building self-esteem, independence and resilience, as they discover and experience the environment in our own forest.  The children develop their personal, social, emotional, physical and technical skills each week, as they learn new skills and apply them to solve ‘real world’ challenges, all of which are age appropriate. 

Our aim is to create children who are healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.

Once the children move into Prep, they begin the full ‘Life Skills’ Programme, which introduces a four-year journey of personal growth and development.  From Climbing to Debating, British Sign Language to Drama, Swimming to Orienteering, each year is different, and the children follow an ever evolving scheme aimed at developing their love of learning whilst encouraging an independent and problem solving approach to life.

The Life Skills Programme incorporates ‘nights away from home’ and builds to a five-day residential course in Years 5 and 6.

Put simply, through our life skills programme, we aim to:

  • Develop confidence, self-esteem and independence.
  • Teach to a wide variety of learning styles.
  • Provide the skills and resilience to approach risks and challenges in life.
  • Offer a programme that truly provides an all encompassing and enriching opportunity for all our children.