At Blackwater we have amazing outdoor spaces. Our Wild area is a special place that our children, and adults, are incredibly lucky to have as one of our learning spaces.
Through our outdoor learning, Wild Time, the children have countless opportunities to experiment, discover, learn and experience the natural world. It creates a sense of belonging as they are actively involved in the constant development of our wild area.
Wild Time incorporates a Trauma Informed approach, providing set activities whilst valuing the importance of free play, viewing each child as unique in their needs, interests and motivations, supporting them with their learning and to be resilient, capable, confident and self- assured.
Children learn and develop in different ways, not all children find being in the classroom easy. These sessions support children to be curious, determined, resilient, imaginative, inventive, making connections in their learning and to think critically which are all important parts of their learning journey.
Blackwater school received 50 tree saplings from ERS to help set up their own School Tree Nursery in January 2017. Teacher Sue Chapman has kindly provided this update and some photos from the school’s planting day.
“Today the children have been planting trees in the top corner of the playing field. Probably the coldest day of this years winter, yet all children wrapped up and shared the experience.
We were awarded 50 saplings by the Earth Restoration Service, which is a charity that is trying to help communities and schools plant more trees. Our selection consisted of native species including hornbeam, field maple, oak, willow, hazel, silver birch, wild cherry and sweet chestnut.
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