Liberty Woodland School

Independent outdoor primary school with an ethic of excellence and passion for developing unique, so

Operating as usual

12/02/2024

Happy Half Term!
We hope everyone has a wonderful half term week filled with fun.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 09/02/2024

How do we foster a sense of community?⁠

We start by offering a welcoming environment, a warm and inclusive atmosphere from the very first day of joining us. We strive for open and regular communication about progress updates, events, and achievements. In school, we also encourage an open-door policy between educators, students, and parents.⁠

Student involvement is at the heart of our school, from whole school assemblies and morning meetings where we celebrate student achievements and talents, to our school-wide evens and extra curricular clubs. We're providing opportunities for student collaboration and leadership every day. We also ensure students are involved in decision-making around what and how they learn. We empower our students at every step.

We also encourage parent involvement; from our parent-teacher meetings to including parents in school events and committees. ⁠

There is a Friends of Liberty Woodland School organisation which is set up and run by school parents for school parents. They host fundraising events and organise social events for school families, all of which is essential for building a strong school community.⁠

We regularly host community events such as exhibitions, open days and even our own mini eco-festival which runs annually. This helps us to involve the local community and create a broader connection to our community.⁠

Building a strong community with shared value, goals and aspirations for the school is a continuous journey for Liberty Woodland School, we wouldn't be where we are today without the incredible support of our school community.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 07/02/2024

The Importance Of Building Our School Community

Fostering a sense of community is a key driver for our school and we do this through many ways which we'll explore later on. But why does our community matter?

Support System: In times of challenges, a strong community provides a safety net and knowing there's a support system in place makes a world of difference.

Collaboration & Learning: When we collaborate, we learn from each other. A sense of community encourages teamwork, shared knowledge, and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Positive Environment: A strong community promotes positivity and inclusivity. It's not just about achieving individual success but celebrating the success of others, creating an uplifting atmosphere for everyone.

Life Skills: Being part of a community teaches essential life skills such as empathy, communication, and teamwork – skills that go beyond our school and into the real world.

Building Relationships: A strong community develops critical relationship building skills which all of our students will need in the future.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 05/02/2024

Our School Community⁠

This month we wanted to shine a spotlight on the Liberty Woodland School community. It's so important as it's all of us, working together to create a progressive environment that fosters growth, learning, and support.⁠

But who makes up our wonderful school community?⁠

We like to think of our community as a beautiful tapestry of students, educators, support staff, parents and families. We believe that each person in our school community brings unique perspectives, talents, and experiences that benefit us as a whole.⁠

Follow along as we'll be talking and sharing more about our amazing school community so you can learn more about life at Liberty Woodland School.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 02/02/2024

Our students, guided by curiosity and creativity, recently ventured on a captivating winter walk.

They engaged in a thoughtful exercise, penning down descriptions of what they could see in their natural environment.

Then they collaboratively constructed mindmaps to help them build towards creating their own poems, inspired by the natural world around them.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 31/01/2024

Some snapshots of our students deeply engaged in their learning.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 29/01/2024

School days filled with laughter are the best days!

27/01/2024

✨️Last Chance to Book - 1 Place Now Remaining✨️

We now just have one last place remaining for our upcoming CPD Day at Liberty Woodland School on the 11th March. Join us at our school for a unique experience where you'll:

🍃 Discover our innovative education model
🍃 Learn how to embed wellbeing into your practise
🍃 Engage in a core skill session
🍃 Learn about project-based learning
🍃 Take part in a Q & A session with our visionary Founder

To book, head over to https://www.libertywoodlandschool.com/cpd

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 26/01/2024

A wonderful first couple of weeks of term, our students have been embracing the great outdoors with laughter, friendship, and even a touch of snow!

24/01/2024

Why should we question traditional education methods?

Because the world is changing at an unprecedented pace, and our children deserve an education that equips them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. We believe that the current education system is not evolving fast enough to meet the needs of students in a rapidly changing world.

This is why we do things differently at Liberty Woodland School.

We are developing those children most likely to succeed in the 21st century, equipping them with the knowledge, tools and skills they will need to thrive in the future.

We don't believe in standardised testing or outdated curriculums. Instead, we are focused on relevant, real-world learning and innovative, student-centred teaching approaches.

Our students learn not just from educators but from each other, fostering teamwork, communication and a global perspective that prepares them for a connected world.

We are a school that prioritises mental wellbeing to ensure stress and mental health issues are reduced among our students.

The world doesn't stand still, and neither should education. We're committed to a culture of continual improvement, always exploring new ideas to enhance the learning experience of students at our school.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 23/01/2024

Our amazing Friends of Liberty Woodland School organised a wonderful day this weekend where a large number of our LWS parents gave up their Sunday to enhance our school environment through planting new trees. ⁠

They were rewarded for their efforts with homemade soup and handmade pizza in our pizza oven, organised by FOLWS. ⁠

Thanks FOLWS for the fabulous event and thanks to all parents who worked so hard. The children and teachers were thrilled to see the results of your hard work when they arrived this morning.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 21/01/2024

CPD Day 11th, March- Last Few Places Now Remaining⁠

This month we've been talking about our school, our innovative teaching methods, how we engage children in their learning and how we are preparing students for the 21st century.⁠

If you're interested to learn more about our school and how we do what we do, then why not join us at our next CPD day on Monday, 11th March.⁠

• Immerse yourself in our innovative education model
• Discover the value of embedding well-being at the heart of your practice as you explore mindfulness, toolkits, and outdoor morning meetings
• Engage in a core skills maths or literacy session where you'll experience the benefits of outdoor, hands-on learning
• Discover real examples of project-based learning and how this approach makes learning truly meaningful
• Witness first-hand the magic of outdoor education


Including a Q&A with Our Visionary Founder and Head of School, Leanna. Learn more about our journey and where the school is headed in the future.⁠

Booking via our website:https://www.libertywoodlandschool.com/cpd

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 19/01/2024

In our last post we looked at how using innovative teaching can help increase engagement in learning. But what does that actually look like?

Let's look at an example of the latest Geography project our Year 3/4 students worked on called " Under the Canopy".

The children worked on developing a deep understanding of place and locational knowledge, human and physical geography, and geographical skills and fieldwork.

They did this through immersing themselves in a project exploring the rainforest, which included field trips, a museum visit and talks from experts, along with their own research.

They created their own individually styled, visual mind maps and used our "glow and grow" format to give each other feedback which was specific, kind and constructive.

The class presented their learning at their end of term exhibition in a variety of ways, including:

- triaramas- a way to display information in a 3D model made of triangles

- a song they wrote and performed

- working with a local theatre group to prepare and perform an 'in the round' drama piece, which was a non-fiction, fact-based performance.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 18/01/2024

Winter is not just a season; it's a classroom waiting to be explored❄️

16/01/2024

In our last post, we talked about engaged learning and innovative teaching methods and how it sets the stage for a brighter educational journey.

But why does engagement matter so much when it comes to learning?

As a start, it transforms education from a passive experience into an exciting one. When children or young adults are captivated by what they're learning, they're more likely to ask questions, explore new ideas, and develop a genuine love for knowledge.

Research consistently underscores the critical role of engagement in shaping young minds. When children are actively involved in the learning process, their brains exhibit increased synaptic connections and enhanced cognitive flexibility. In simpler terms, engagement doesn't just make learning enjoyable—it literally rewires the brain for better understanding and retention.

We know and see this every day at our school; engaged learning fosters a sense of ownership and autonomy, empowering children to lead on their own learning. As our students actively participate in their education, they not only absorb information but also develop critical thinking skills and a curiosity that extends beyond the classroom and helps them to become lifelong learners.

12/01/2024

Did you know that children learn best when they are fully engaged in the process?

Research on neural plasticity highlights the profound impact of engagement on learning.

We believe that innovative teaching methods play a crucial role in creating an environment where learning becomes an adventure and creates high levels of engagement.

Whether it's through project-based learning, real-world experiential learning or hands-on experiments, our Educators turn traditional lessons into captivating learning experiences. These approaches not only make education fun but also significantly enhance comprehension and retention.

Liberty Woodland School is a place where creativity is nurtured, questions are encouraged, and being engaged in learning is truly embraced.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 10/01/2024

During this first week back at school, our primary school students are beginning their deep dive into financial literacy as they all become money heroes.

We believe teaching financial literacy early lays the groundwork for a lifetime of smart money management. These skills are not just about pounds and pennies, they are universal life skills that promote a sense of independence, responsibility and security.

Financially literate young people are better equipped for future success in their adult lives.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 08/01/2024

Back to school today, the very first school day of 2024!
It was wonderful to welcome our students back into school and as always on the first day of term, there were plenty of happy, smiling faces.

There was great excitement this morning as we encountered our first snowflakes of winter. And what better way to start the the New Year off than with a hot chocolate in the snow.

04/01/2024

Our students may not be back in school until Monday but it's full steam ahead for our team this week and it's great to be back.

Yesterday our educators were prepping to develop financial literacy with the children next week when they return.

At Liberty Woodland, we're working towards every young person learning the vital skills needed to earn and look after their money, develop an enterprising mindset and make a valuable contribution to their communities and wider society.

01/01/2024

Happy New Year to all!

We're excited for 2024 and all the school adventures it will bring.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 29/12/2023

Just before the end of the school term, we served our Christmas Lunch for all of our students and educators. There were festive jumpers and hats a plenty and a truly delicious meal prepared by Fatima our wonderful school cook.

And much to our younger children's delight, the lunch was then served by our Year 8 students.

A big thank you to Fatima, Simon and Lydia for helping too

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 27/12/2023

Time to bake!
Looking for something to do during the festive break?
How about baking these delicious Gingerbread Cookies.
Perfect for cosy, festive days and they will make your home smell delightful.

Here's a simple recipe to bring some sweetness to your festive celebrations.🎄🍪

25/12/2023

To our incredible school families and community,

As the year comes to a close, we want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support. Your commitment to our school community has made this year truly special and we are incredibly thankful.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, filled with love, joy, and moments of togetherness.

Here's to an exciting year ahead!

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 24/12/2023

As we approach the holiday break, we hope you to take some time to enjoy the festivities with your loved ones. Whether it's cozying up with a good book, sharing stories by the fireplace, or crafting your own decorations.

As it's Christmas Eve, we thought we'd share this lovely snapshot of one of our outdoor classroom dens, taken during the last week of term. We think it looks enchanting, so festive and cosy. Our students have poured their creativity into transforming these spaces and the magic of the season has touched every corner of our school grounds.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 22/12/2023

These photos were taken just last month in November. In the first two you can see some of our Year 1 students making a Jamaican ginger cake. This was part of our month celebrating Black History, where students were learning about the journey people made from Jamaica to London.

We then also have some photos of our students enjoying learning how to be a practical scientist with scientific investigations.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 20/12/2023

Today we're sharing some photos from October and here we have some of our younger students, working on their maths, literacy and artistic skills.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 19/12/2023

Today we're sharing some photos back from September of this year, just a few months ago.

To begin the new academic year in secondary school, we starting with team building. Our year 7 & 8 students planned, shopped for and then cooked a 3 course meal over a campfire, to feed all the secondary students.

Our first two weeks of term are always dedicated to building relationships and personal development. Working hard on establishing our community and our ways of being in these weeks sets the tone for a successful and productive year.

Each academic year, we also start with fresh white logs. Every child creates a bespoke design and paints their log to create a real sense of identity and community in our morning meeting circles.

And our Year 2/3 students can be seen here busily working away on painting tree cookies. This was as part of creating visual timetables and expectations for the classes, designed collaboratively with the students.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 18/12/2023

Today we're sharing a couple of photos from back in July of this year, when we held our Summer Holiday Camp at school.

This year we extended our holiday camp offering to include even more children; from enrolled families and their siblings to new families in the local area. We were even joined by some lovely children from China, who were visiting London with their families.

It was two weeks of non-stop outdoor, summer fun with lots of new friends made.

Summer Holiday Camp will definitely be returning in 2024 and we cannot wait!

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 15/12/2023

Back to warmer times today, with these photos which were taken back in June of this year.

Here we have one of secondary school students reading to a younger Year 3 student, as part of a whole-school reading initiative.

We also celebrated Pride in June with students sharing what love means to them.

And here are two snapshots of our Year 3/4 students building a den and some of our Year 5/6 students learning outdoors, engaged in their project work.

Photos from Liberty Woodland School's post 13/12/2023

Today we're sharing some photos taken back in May of this year. We had the amazing Polka Theatre join us at Liberty Woodland for a 2 week immersive experience all about outdoor performance.

There was a lively, whole-school, carnival-themed performance at the end of the experience. It's a lovely memory to reflect on and one which we all often still talk about.

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A re-imagining of 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 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.

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 curriculum of a 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. The curriculum for each term will cover all areas of competence as detailed in our overall school principle curriculum. 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.

Videos (show all)

Just a reminder that our next CPD day is happening on the 11th March, 2024. Here's Alice to tell you more about it.Inter...
Prioritising Health & Wellbeing for the future. In our last post we looked at what the future of remote work and hybrid ...
Today we’re sharing the second part of our video about how our curriculum helps prepare students for the 21st century.
At Liberty Woodland School we often talk about our vision to develop those children most likely to succeed in the 21st c...
Here is the final part of our video about how we use technology here at Liberty Woodland School, by Steve our Deputy Hea...
Continuing with our theme this month of “Ask us anything” We wanted to share this video from Steve, our Deputy Head, abo...
Following on from our post yesterday about how our school is inspected, here is part 2 of Leanna’s video.
Today we’re answering the following question we received from a prospective parent who was interested to learn more abou...
Our third and final reel of the week and in this video you can see a lovely photo of one of our outdoor classroom dens.
Here’s a second reel of just a few photos of our school grounds. The wooden building you see here is our plant room and ...
Our school grounds allow students to explore and connect with the natural world around them. Liberty Woodland is not jus...
Nurturing Peaceful Minds: Managing Anxiety in School Children Following on from our last post about supporting children ...

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