Lower Farm has an AstroTurf sports arena in the playground. The AstroTurf is not only used by our children at playtimes but also allows us to host many sporting events and tournaments.
Lower Farm has a large Performing Arts Hall which is used for many school and community events. The Hall allows our children to not only experience performing to a large audience but also to learn backstage skills such as lighting, props and sound. Every year the school hold a school production which involves all of our children across the whole school, the productions are very well attended and tickets are usually very high in demand!
Forest school was initially introduced to Lower Farm Primary school in 2015. We have an exciting forest area for the children to explore which we are always looking to develop and improve. Our forest has lots of trees which the children love to climb, we have built a permanent fire circle, our older children designed and made a mud kitchen using items found from around the school site, one of our forest groups made a small pond area to encourage pond life to our forest and for all other children to enjoy. We also have a permanent shelter which can provide some protection from the elements so that we can enjoy the forest in most weather conditions.
The provision has been extended from primarily being used for early years, into a whole school extracurricular activity which the children can access during the afternoons in year groups and also we offer an after school session, with a small charge, for year groups throughout the academic year.
Forest School offers a unique educational experience using the outdoor environment of the forest as a classroom. It provides the children with different kinds of activities that they may never experience in their usual routine. Some of the activities include: shelter building, planting, tool use including bow saws, pen knives and loppers, fire building, cooking different foods on the fire such as s’mores, hot dogs, quesadilla’s. Children are given the opportunity to experience the outdoor environment, to learn about responsibility and decision making by doing their own self-risk assessing and maintaining the forest area.
Forest Schools influences education in the following ways: