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Tesco staff help out at local Forest School

Posted on Thursday 1st June 2017 at 8:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jenny Ratcliffe with Dawn Richards.

Staff from the Tesco Extra store in Bradley Stoke have been helping a local school maintain and improve an area of woodland that is used for Forest School lessons.

As part of its community outreach programme, the store has provided materials to construct a privacy screen around parts of the woodland within the grounds of Little Stoke Primary School. Store staff have also visited the school on a number of occasions to help install the screening along sections of the school’s perimeter fence, helping create a safer environment in which children can wander off under the trees, pursuing whatever makes them curious.

Jenny Ratcliffe, Forest School leader at the school, said:

“We greatly value the support that Tesco has given us in establishing and maintaining our woodland area that we use for Forest School. Every child in the school benefits from the improvements that have been made and we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Dawn Richards and her team of Tesco staff, who not only donated fencing, but have also come and done some manual labour for us!”

Forest School has been taking place at Little Stoke Primary for the past two years. It is now deeply embedded in school life and each child goes out for a morning or afternoon session for two terms each year. Since starting the project, the school has worked hard to develop the site, encourage wildlife and sustain its use throughout the year.

Little Stoke Primary School is currently applying for a Forest School accreditation, which would recognise the highly effective quality of the sessions that take place for pupils every week.

Parents provide great support for the school in its child-centred approach to Forest School and recognise that these sessions compliment other activities that take place in school throughout the week.

“Our pupils love to go outside, whatever the weather, and learn new things about nature, themselves and their peers,” says Jenny.

More: New Wildhearts sessions for pre-school children »

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Little Stoke Primary’s Forest School featured on national television

Posted on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Little Stoke Primary School toast marshmallows on a fire as part of their Forest Schools activities.

Children at Little Stoke Primary School were thrilled to appear on national TV at the beginning of October in a “back to nature” feature filmed at their on-site Forest School. The BBC visited the school as part of a report on a recent survey of 1,000 families which showed that hardly anyone can correctly recognise the five most common trees in the country (oak, birch, beech, horse chestnut and ash).

Steve Callow of Conquer the Woods.

In the feature, which was shown on the local BBC Points West and the national CBBC Newsround programmes, children from Years 1 & 2 were shown learning about the different types of trees, plants and flowers that can be found within the school grounds, and how to tell them apart.

Steve Callow, director of Conquer the Woods, a Bath based business that provides Forest School lessons at Little Stoke, told the BBC he feels that children these days “spend too much time on electronics and not enough time outdoors”.

The children were shown taking part in a ‘treasure hunt’ in which they searched for leaves similar to those shown on an annotated worksheet, thereby helping them learn the names of the corresponding trees.

Other activities to have taken place recently include rope challenges, mud kitchen, using tools, making catapults, whittling sticks and picking apples & blackberries and making cake with them on a wood fire.

More: "Forest School sessions have become an important part of the curriculum," says Little Stoke Primary headteacher Scott Howes »

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