We are a school for 3-11 year olds on the edge of the New Parks council estate, close to Groby Road. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is well above the national average, as is the proportion eligible for free school meals.
We wanted to take part in the Forest Schools programme. The programme aims to encourage and inspire through positive outdoor experiences. Without the funding, children would not have been able to access these activities. The whole school was able to benefit from the grant we received. The children used the outdoors to design, build, compose and evaluate. The activities ranged from autumn leaves collages and Halloween Art to designing animal homes and making shelters which had to be waterproof. Whilst doing all this artistic and practical work, the children enjoyed other outdoor experiences, such as making hot chocolate on a campfire, discussing how to use fire safely outside and toasting marshmallows. The children achieved a great deal from the activities. We were very lucky to have the opportunity to take part in the Forest Schools programme.