Outdoor learning helps children build ‘invaluable life skills’

Article in IE Today – click to read whole item. Extract here:

Outdoor learning helps children build ‘invaluable life skills’

The benefits of pupils learning outside of the classroom are becoming increasingly publicised, but many teachers still shy away for fear of exposing children to too many risks. Here, Alex Alves, forest school leader at Fairfield Prep School, explains why outdoor learning is essential for early learning

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Closure of Community Garden

Our article about the local council’s plan to close a local community garden.


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Launch of UK’s first ‘forest’ primary school

Article in the Evening Standard. evening-standard-4.10.19



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A lovely idea for tackling air pollution

School children trained to issue parking tickets to parents idling in their cars.


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Pot Plants Help Children to Bloom

Article in The Times 22.6.19



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National Gardening Week 29.4 to 5.5

It’s National Gardening Week, with the theme of ‘Edible Britain’. Here are 5 top tips to help boost your gardening from Myles Edwards, Membership Director at Foresters Friendly Society:
1. Don’t pay for compost and mulches – make your own: You don’t need anything posh, a simple heap of grass cuttings, vegetable peelings and cardboard in a sunny corner of the garden will do. Add food waste and garden waste in roughly equal measures and make sure you turn it (i.e. mix it up) occasionally with a fork. It will take about six months to mature.
Use what’s around the house to help: Keen gardeners are often more than happy to give you cuttings or surplus seedlings, which will save you money. They may even lend you gardening tools, so you don’t need to buy your own. You can also use your old egg cartons for seedling pots. When it’s time to plant them, just separate the sections and plant them directly into the soil – the carton bits will just rot in the earth.

Slug solutions: To keep slugs off your plants, scatter crushed up eggshells or coffee granules around them – and try rubbing Vaseline around the top of pots. Safely monitoring for slugs and other insects can be a great way to engage the children in your life with the various creatures of the garden too.

Time allocation: When choosing what you want to grow, it’s advisable to speak to either another avid gardener or staff member at a garden centre. They’ll be best placed to answer any queries on what type of soil is best and how much sunlight, water and plant food is needed. Critically, they’ll also be able to guide you on how much care each plant or crop will need to grow in good condition, as this will vary depending on your choice.

Let’s talk about the weather: Depending on the season, the choice available and impact to their growth will change. For example, to combat months when plants aren’t receiving as much sunlight, putting an aluminium foil-covered board angled towards the sun next to them will really help reflect whatever light there is. In summer, making sure plants receive ample amounts of fresh water and some respite from the sun is key to avoid drying out in the heat. With all that hard labour taken care of, last thing on the agenda is to just sit back, relax and marvel at your efforts!

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Lack of outdoor play makes children clueless about fruit and veg

Interesting article here from Fresh Produce Journal. Extract here:

“From basil on your pizza to coriander in your curry, modern families cook with all sorts of herbs – but only one in three children can name a single one, a survey has found.

And more than half could not name five fruit or vegetables that grow in British gardens, apart from potatoes.”




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