Nature friendly Schools
In collaboration with The Mersey Forest, we have been delivering a Forest School programme to a number of Primary schools across Merseyside during spring term 2020, before the global pandemic interrupted delivery of the sessions.
Over the duration of the four-year project thousands of children across the UK will be given the opportunity to get closer to nature which will benefit their learning, health and wellbeing. It will fuel creativity and a sense of adventure, allowing pupils to experience the joy that nature can bring, and help to develop teachers’ confidence to embrace and drive forward outdoor learning in their own schools.
Working with schools in Liverpool, Halton and Chester who have not previously engaged in forest school activities, GROW-Wellbeing has introduced many children and teachers to nature connected crafts, woodland skills and learning about the beauty and value of nature. We look forward to working with the schools, children and teachers just as soon as restrictions allow us to deliver sessions safely.
At one of the schools, we were delighted to receive hugely positive feedback from the key teaching contact after only their first session:
'Firstly, thank you for an amazing day yesterday.
The children were completely absorbed in your activities and exploring the surrounding natural environment.
The children's attentions focused throughout, they were engaged with your level of teaching, the activities and were all captivated by their surroundings, the richness of learning opportunities and the wonder of our natural world.
'The children have shared their experiences with each other and their class teacher and were super excited when I told them they would be getting 12 lessons in all.
I took some photos and will produce a collage of the class activities for them to add to their topic books in class as this would be the most manageable way for recording what is a life enhancing opportunity for all involved.'