Primus Forest Preschool’s mission is to inspire children to spend time in nature
"There's a growing movement of us as early childhood
educators who know how important it is to get out in
nature as often as possible and at Phoenix Park, we
have the environment to give the children that gift."
"There's a growing movement of us as early childhood educators who know how important it is to get out in nature as often as possible and at Phoenix Park, we have the environment to give the children that gift."
Mrs. Louise Grant
Managing Director at White Lodge International Preschool
Why Choose A Forest Preschool?
Forest School is an outdoor education model in which children experience natural spaces to learn academic, personal, social and technical skills.
The Forest School approach to learning takes children into the great outdoors whatever the weather to explore the natural environment. Forest School activities develop confidence, self-esteem, imagination and physical ability as the children are allowed to test their limits in the natural world.
Why Forest School Learning?
Results from Europe have shown children who attend Forest School have better psychological resilience and social skills.
It’s a topic that has been heavily researched in both health and wellness areas. Cognition and attention studies have proven that just taking that break and that time out to be with nature tends to improve the wellbeing of not just adults, but children as well.
The Forest School creates a safe, non-judgemental, nurturing environment for learners to experiment and take risks. It includes a variety of practical activities in which children are empowered to manage their own risk and build resilience.
Parents are attracted to giving their child the Forest School experience because they want to reconnect with nature — that’s a really innate part of who they want to be or they want their children to be.
Parents are concerned with the time their children spend with technology, especially in Singapore. The Primus Schoolhouse Phoenix Park school environment allows children to take a step back from the virtual world and connect with the natural world around them.
About the Primus Phoenix Park Forest School
Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning approach, that offers opportunities for holistic growth. Our programme supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.
Forest Learning Activities
The philosophy behind the forest school movement is to encourage and inspire individuals through positive outdoor experiences. Children will develop intrinsic motivation, social, emotional, and cognitive skills, along with strengthened resilience through outdoor learning experiences. As they connect and learn about the natural environment, they will learn how to handle risks, problem solve, and cooperate as a group. Forest Schools also prioritize student-led learning, wherein curriculum is designed to support further learning and exploration in areas the students are naturally drawn to.
- Self awareness
- Self regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Social communication skills
- Positive attitudes and confidence
Teachers use a student-led, inquiry-based approach when developing lessons.
Teachers facilitate student learning by providing a variety of tools, resources and experiences that guide students to find answers to their own questions. This helps to build confidence, self-reliance, and independent thinking skills.
Learning approaches used by our teachers include:
Inquiry- based: A dynamic and emergent process that builds on students’ natural curiosity about the world in which they live.
Play-based: Recognizes the integral role of play in a child’s development. This approach engages the whole child by encouraging a depth of experience and treating a child’s emotional, physical and social selves as interwoven.
Experiential learning: Learning that is based on students being directly involved in a learning experience rather than being taught pre-determined lesson plans. Students learn through and reflect on their learning experiences.
Place-based: The act of connecting children to a particular place through direct experiential contact.
At The Nature School, students learn language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, visual arts, music and drama through these learning approaches.