At North Frodingham School we have lots of space and different areas to explore and play in.
We use the outdoor space for many of our lessons and each class has time in the garden area. This helps to give every child the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world, be more active and increase their confidence, self-esteem and respect in preparation for an ever-changing world.
Sir David Attenborough once said, ‘No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.’
Recently we were fortunate to obtain a grant from the ‘Learning through Landscapes’ charity which is dedicated to outdoor learning and play for children. The grant has been used to buy gardening tools, den building equipment and some planters which the children will be helping to fill with different plants.
At the local Driffield Show we displayed the work we have accomplished over the last year and successfully gained a 1st and 3rd prize, a cup and some prize money. We will spend this on a new water butt as well as compost, seeds, bulbs and general equipment to explore the outdoors.
Morrisons supermarket have launched their ‘Its good to grow’ campaign so please collect and bring into school any tokens you get so we can replenish our gardening and growing equipment.
This term we will observe the changes as we move from Summer to Autumn, explore the habitats of plants and animals that we have in the garden and develop them further with bug hotels, damp spaces and ‘no dig’ areas considering all the time how we can be more eco-friendly. We regularly record the weather and talk about its impact too.
Den building and games are always popular and help team-work and practical skills. The natural world in Autumn lends itself for the children to be creative. We will be planting flowers, herbs and vegetables in our new planters.
A busy and ‘fruitful’ term ahead!