Forest School at Ringmer Primary School

We have just reached the end of our 5 week Forest School Programme with the Year 3 and 4 classes at Ringmer Primary School. It has been an action packed course filled with exploring, playing and learning. The excitable children became one with nature and explored every inch of the ‘Wild Area’ which became Forest School’s home.

“I was brave today, and learnt to overcome my fear of fire.”

Each new activity was greeted by a wave of enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge. We watched them grow physically and mentally and adapt to learning in an outdoor setting. They developed fine motor skills using palm drills to make holes in sycamore discs, making beads from elder wood and using fire splints. And enhanced their gross motor movements climbing trees, using bow saws, and building dens.

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The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery

Photo taken from www.secretgardenoutdoor-nursery.co.uk

On this blog we want to feature some of the people and projects which inspire us. We came across The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery years ago in a Guardian article about early years education. It’s based in Scotland and the pre-school children spend all day, whatever the weather, outside playing in the woods. The nursery has a lovely website which is worth a look at and Cathy Bache (founder of the nursery) writes eloquently:

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