Liberty Woodland School
Liberty Woodland School will be a natural progression from the freedom of time and space our children enjoy at Little Forest Folk nurseries.
Liberty Woodland School aims to be the most fun place in the children’s lives. A place they don’t want to leave. Where they feel valued, empowered, engaged and passionate about their learning.
Our school is a place where play is highly valued as being critical to children’s learning and development. Children possess a natural curiosity to learn and explore the world around them and play allows them to experiment and learn in a creative and imaginative way. We aim to support children’s cognitive development with an intentional and effective play-based approach.
‘In play, the child is always behaving beyond his age, above his usual everyday behaviour; in play he is, as it were, a head above himself’
A re-imagining of school
We are opening Liberty Woodland School in September 2019. Liberty Woodland School will be a primary school which is a natural progression from the Little Forest Folk child-led and nature-based learning environments.
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WHY DO WE BELIEVE THERE NEEDS TO BE A RE-IMAGINING OF SCHOOL?
There is currently a world revolution in communication, technology, work, and leisure. Rapid change in these and other spheres is a feature of everyday life. To cope with such changes, children need both the confidence to develop their own perspectives and the capacity to continue acquiring new knowledge and skills. Our curriculum will provide an educational foundation that supports the full range of skills that children will need as life-long learners. We want to prepare children for this new era of innovation and imagination, where creativity and personal skills are key drivers in success. Imagination is the most valued skill in current society. We are living in a world where we have the opportunity to imagine the future we want to create together, and to create it.
WHAT ASPIRATIONS DO WE HAVE FOR OUR LIBERTY WOODLAND SCHOOL CHILDREN?
We want our children to grow up as self-motivated, independent, confident, resilient, creative and competent life-long learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge, that they make a valued contribution to society. To be prepared for the future by acquiring life skills in problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, decision making and emotional intelligence. To enjoy the childhood they deserve and experience joy, wonder, inspiration and awe in their lives. Liberty Woodland School aims to be the most fun place in the children’s lives. A place they don’t want to leave. Where they feel valued, empowered, engaged and passionate about their learning.
Our school will be a place where play is highly valued as being critical to children’s learning and development. Children possess a natural curiosity to learn and explore the world around them and play allows them to experiment and learn in a creative and imaginative way. We aim to support children’s cognitive development with an intentional and effective play-based approach.
HOW WILL WE ACHIEVE THESE ASPIRATIONS?
We have created a curriculum which is founded on our aspirations for our children. Our term curriculum is used to describe the sum total of the experiences, activities, child-centred or adult-directed, which occur within our school environment, designed to foster children's learning and development. Our learning will centre around real world, purposeful projects. Children will co-design learning experiences around projects derived from their passions and interests. Projects will be cross-curricular and will cover a wide range of subjects. Projects will be allocated large time blocks for children to enjoy the freedom of time and space to experience deep and meaningful learning. A new scheme of work will be designed every term by children and educators, based upon the children’s interest around a single overarching theme which is cross curricular and which stimulates curiosity, discovery and insight. These projects will be collaborative and personally designed, underpinned with a strong foundation of adult-led observational assessment. Social, emotional and life skills will be embedded in every project with as much emphasis as academic skills.
Liberty Woodland School will offer 12.5% of our places as bursary places, these places will be free of charge for Kingston borough families from deprived backgrounds. Please contact use for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.