Outdoor education and caring for the environment is an important part of life at St James. We are a member of Forest Schools UK, with two of our staff trained as Forest Leaders. As a school in central London, we consider ourselves very lucky to have two Forest School sites at which the children can play, learn and discover. One is an area that we developed with the council in Marcus Garvey Park, just outside our school gates. The other is at Gunnersbury Park Nature Reserve.
Reception and Y1 visit the sites on a weekly basis, whatever the weather, experiencing the seasons and a wide range of outdoor educational activities.
Y3 and above enjoy trips and residential weekends at Minstead Study Centre, Hampshire. Here they learn about caring for the land and tending to sheep, hens and the importance of biodiversity, while Y6 have a residential holiday at Bushcraft in Oxfordshire where they spend four nights camping and living without running water or electricity. It’s both a great adventure and a very practical way of heightening awareness of the use of the world’s limited natural resources.