My name is Charlotte de Oliveira and I am the Principal of Rainbird School. Rainbird is the primary phase of Excelsior Academy; where you can drop your children off at 3 and pick them up when they are 19! We truly believe that each child, each interaction and each moment matters and have created a learning environment that is happy and safe to ensure your children thrive. We strive to deliver an enriching and outstanding education; encouraging creativity, independence and resilience in all children whatever their needs and abilities. Our curriculum has been developed for breadth and balance; differentiated with additional and bespoke intervention. An emphasis on developing a child’s character and a celebration of culture supports us in our aim to enable children grow to be well-rounded citizens.
At Rainbird we ensure our pupils gain a wide range of experiences to develop curriculum knowledge, an understanding of the world and the area that they live in and also provide opportunities to develop personally. Visits range from day trips to places like Beamish, the beach, local universities to outward bound residentials.
We strongly believe that giving our children the opportunity to learn about the world of work through their topics will have a positive impact on their knowledge of future prospects. As a result of this belief, we ensure every year group have employer engagement opportunities across the academic year. We encourage Further Education and Higher Education involvement to ensure our children have high aspirations for their own educational futures.
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. It’s roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.
At Forest School all participants are viewed as:
equal, unique and valuable
competent to explore & discover
entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
entitled to experience regular success
entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world
At Excelsior Primary Rainbird School we believe all children should have the opportunity to access a woodland or natural environment over a period of time which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. Forest School offers a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration. Children involved in our Forest School Programme will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk. These experiences also enable high quality writing to be completed based on real life experiences.
Every half term for one year, a different class will be involved in Forest Schools. Our activities will depend on the ability and experience of participants. Examples of Forest School activities include:
• Nature exploration
• Building dens and other structures
• Fires and cooking
• Games and invitations for imaginative play
• Natural crafts
• Using tools, such as knives and saws
• Scavenger hunts and adventure