Beyond the Classroom
Teaching children to be aware of and to respect the environment is not something that can be taught in a classroom. At Springmead we recognise the need to be immersed in a location that stimulates every sense, to feel part of it and to wonder and be amazed by whatever you find.
These rich learning experiences occur every week through our Go Explore programme.
A large part of the programme is based in our wildlife area with its idyllic stream, trees and meadow. It gives the children opportunities to explore different habitats, developing valuable insights into the fragile relationships between creatures and their environment.
Some of our activities have included: making elderflower cordial; fire building to keep warm and for cooking; making mud pictures; denbuilding; tracking animals and hunting for mini-beasts.
Throughout the whole school the children integrate outside learning with different areas of the curriculum making learning meaningful and memorable.
Bushcraft and Countrylore
Mark and Lucy Hotson, former parents, are our Bushcraft leaders who work with our Year 6 children throughout the year. They have specialist knowledge within this area and their enthusiasm is inspiring for both children and staff. Mark himself has trained with Ray Mears. Mark and Lucy now have their own Bushcraft company called Countrylore Bushcraft.
In order to inspire and truly connect children with nature they have devised a programme which combines bushcraft and country lore with the National Curriculum. Over the academic year they work closely with the staff and older children to impart age old traditions, that can be passed down, that are rich in exciting learning opportunities.
“Within hours children and adults, whilst out with us in the woods, start to slow down, take notice of their surroundings and rediscover their natural place.” - Mark Hotson
For more detailed information go to www.countrylore.co.uk