Spend more time learning outside – says Daily Express

Just 12% of schools provide daily outdoor lessons – read on for full article …

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Time for Bulb Planting

Interesting trip to friends at the Castlehaven Horticulture Hub. Very jealous of their HUGE squash ready to harvest (see pic). We’re gearing up for bulb planting, and today received our alliums, daffodils and crocuses. More info here.

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Bees in fine fettle

Just back from a trip to see our three hives. Number 2 is most active – full of bees. Number 3 is doing reasonably well with a new queen while Number 1 looks like is has superseded.

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Blooming at Wellesley Road Care Home

The flowers our children planted with the older people at the care home have come up nicely!

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Community Baking in Action

Thanks to a kind grant from the First 500 fund, we purchased a commercial dough mixer to help scale up our baking with the wood fired oven. Here are some pictures from a training session when parents were baking flatbreads in our wood fired oven. The aim is have more products to sell as part of our ‘Growing Ideas’ enterprise project.

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New Upcycled Market Stall

First outing today for our upcycled market stall. Part of our ‘Growing Ideas’ enterprise work at the school. On this occasion we were selling daffodils to our parents and carers.

 

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DEFRA’s New 25 Year Plan

Promising news – extract from Learning Outside the Classroom – full press release here.

“The new 25 year plan from DEFRA, ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ has just been published, and looks to have far reaching and positive effects on learning outside the classroom (LOtC).

The 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the government’s comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing our natural habitats and the environment. The paper states that connecting more people with the environment will promote greater well-being. A major part of this is by encouraging children to be closer to nature, in and out of school.”

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