|Den building at Copythorne Common|
Research has shown that learning new skills in an outdoor setting has been particularly successful in motivating children who have challenging behaviour in the classroom.
Jill Gower, Deputy Headteacher at Copythorne Infant School, said: ‘Generally children are always being told to be quiet but here they can run and shout and kick leaves and it doesn’t matter. There are strict rules about safety and it is all carefully guided by adults but the children are encouraged to take
responsibility and set the boundaries, which are good life skills.
‘During the Forest Schools programme, some children who can be quite challenging in the classroom became completely engaged in building dens and their behaviour was totally different – they were very involved and it was giving them success in something perhaps they would not normally find success in, which was a real boost to their self-esteem. The children suddenly seemed to blossom more outside.’
Sam Dawson, Education Officer at the Wildlife Trust, said over 90 children from the three schools had taken part in the programme.
|Wildlife Trust education officer Jim Day and |
National Park education officer Amanda Elmes