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Outdoor learning comes to life at St Joseph's
2:40pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
OUTDOOR learning has got even better at a Droitwich school with the completion of a new forest school.
Last academic year, St Joseph’s School decided to develop a new forest school area as its current site needed a rest.
A school spokesman said: “J.Wyton Construction and Landscaping Services Droitwich have done an excellent job. Jamie Wyton and his team worked laboriously during most weekends in the summer holidays in order for the site to be finished and ready for the new academic year. Jamie also spent time during his own holiday to continue work on the site.”
The forest school concept originates from Scandinavia and involves children learning, investigating, experimenting, developing, exploring, playing and tackling real life problems in an outdoor environment. In a world where outdoor experiences are increasingly limited, forest school allows children to gain hands on experience of the natural world which in turn deepens their respect for the environment.
During sessions, St Joseph’s pupils have an opportunity to develop their motor skills, social skills, thinking skills, problem solving skills and creativity.
Activities include den building, identifying flora and fauna species, learning how to use tools such as knives, saws and drills, as well as learning how to build fires and cook on them. Children are able to apply the knowledge they acquire in the classroom when they enter the forest and vice versa.
The spokesman added: “It is a truly inspiring initiative to be a part of.”
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