Learning takes place in a safe and calm environment which connects expressive art, science, and technology and provides our children with opportunities for exploration and the expression of their vision of the world. Staff at Annabel’s listen actively and respond with patience. Each child is valued for who they are and how they share who they are with the people and world around them. Learning and play are not separated. Our environment is designed to inspire our children. Every material used is carefully considered. We value natural light and provide uncluttered open spaces. Every corner at Annabel’s offers something different and they evolve over time to encourage children to delve deeper into their interests. Our learning approach at Annabel’s emphasises hands-on discovery learning that allows the children to use all their senses and all of their ‘languages’ to learn.
We use our beautiful outdoor environment with its natural resources of flora and fauna to help children connect with nature and learn the importance of food production and sustainability. At Annabel’s we take elements of the Forest School philosophy and adapt it to suit an urban and tropical environment. Our outdoor classroom develops a child’s resilience and curiosity, nurturing a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to think critically as well as other skills and attitudes they will need before they can take on the challenges of the modern world.
The Forest school philosophy is a nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of the child. The outdoor environment at school helps children develop many skills that are hard to teach in the classroom. Being more physical it encourages children to be active helping them to develop both fine and gross motor skills. As with indoors, activities are provided, but rather than being adult-led, each child chooses and tailors the activity to suit them, while we observe their preferences and development. Children also benefit from the simple act of being outdoors. Research has shown that it improves mental and spiritual health, communication skills and social relationships, among other things. Connecting with nature helps children feel part of the world.