“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland” (Forest School Assoc.) The aim of this project is to address social exclusion and educational inclusion by bringing back into use a neglected copse at the rear of Ealing Alternative Provision School. Engaging pupils, residents and school communities within Ealing in a sustainable Forest School site. After school, weekend and holiday provision offer are integral to this project. Working to preserve the mature trees will be undertaken as these are the heart of this Forest School. To develop a holistic learning environment by active learning: exploring, team building, problem solving, communication skills, self-identity, resourcefulness, resilience, their place in their natural local and global environment. To include partnership working with other voluntary and community organisations.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Research and personal experience shows that generations of our children are growing up without hands on real and meaningful experiences of their natural environment. The pressures of living in an urban environment further increases the barriers to accessing these experiences. Computer generated images are often used by educators to explore these areas of the curriculum. Parents often state a perception of `danger` as a barrier to allowing their children to explore their natural areas . This neglected copse of mainly oaks provides a unique opportunity for the school communities to develop and foster a sense of ownership and well being as they become the custodians of this urban oasis. Overseeing much needed woodland management of this site that will sustain the existing and new habitats for wildlife whose environment are under threat in this urban space. This Forest School site will be a valuable training resource for teachers and support staff training.
Steps to get it done:
This project has links with other community organisations. For example The Youth Justice Service is interested in using this project as a placement site for youths to undertake their period of `community service`. We are developing partnership work with other interested groups and community organisations that are involved in complimentary schemes that support our aims.
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Hi to all our supporters. here goes the last push to the finish line! 12 days left and another £2,655 to raise. Thank you for your generous pledges and words of support. Could we please ask you to consider another few pounds worth of pledges. It will all add up and help us reach our total. We look forward to sharing the celebration when we do complete our Spacehive campaign. Jane and the project team.
Today the pupils wanted an end of term bonfire, even though it was the hottest day of the year! The pupils built it, risk assessed it and cooked cola bread on it. Great team work and imaginative menu! It has been a real pleasure to work with EAP over the last 2 months to develop their Forest School site, we look forward to September and continuing our exciting journey together.