Research has shown the importance of nature to the human body and mind and also a clear link between the time spent in nature and improvements in areas such as motivation, problem solving and self esteem.
Richard Louv says ‘Time in nature is not leisure time; it is an essential investment in our children’s health.’ He believes children of this generation face the risk of ‘nature deficit disorder.’
We are committed to developing the whole child, both in and out of the classroom.
For boys in the Lower School, we have created the Horris Hill Wild Child Charter. The charter sets out what we believe are the key experiences of a natural childhood. We believe our Lower School boys should have had all these experiences before they move into the Upper School.
Horris Hill is very lucky to have grounds of over 85 acres, much of which is natural, wild woodland. Our Outdoor Education sessions are all year round. Building dens and roasting marshmallows over camp fires seem never to lose their appeal. Our woods is affectionately known as "Spain" as one of the boys noticed that it is shaped like the country Spain when seen from a aerial view.
We also have a large kitchen garden where the boys enjoy growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Quite simply, it is our intention that every boy develops a real passion and understanding of our plot to plate ethos through active, hands on experience.
We wish for every pupil to sow, tend, harvest and eat crops from our school kitchen garden and develop an understanding of the importance of positive food culture and a healthy lifestyle.