Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth.
Studies have shown that access to trees can have powerful healing properties for children and can even increase mental concentration.
Growing Among Trees is an exciting new initiative under our Wild Teaching offer. We were selected by Trees for Cities to co-deliver the Growing among Trees programme, funded by Defra and the Department for Education. Our joint intention is to increase and sustain community forest and woodland activities for school children.
The project especially focuses on reaching children living in areas of deprivation, aiming to benefit their mental health and wellbeing as well as inspire increased engagement with their school programmes. Through it, we’re aiming to create a model for efficient, effective transformational change in urban schools, giving pupils the opportunity or daily connection with their trees and woodlands.
Growing Among Trees is centred around three principles:
Access. Increase community forest and woodland outreach with schools in areas of disadvantage, special schools, and APIs.
Urban forest stewardship. Increase community forest and woodland outreach in ways that are designed specifically to help sustain the use of community forest and woodlands by schools/special schools/APIs beyond the end of the project.
Research and development. We’d like to gather more tangible evidence of the types of interventions that work best in specific communities and geographic areas.
We devised and delivered the Wild Teaching programme at three Reading-based schools; Ranikhet Academy, Palmer Academy and Whitley Park Infants and Junior School, exploring how to embed low cost, high impact outdoor learning into daily teaching. We’ve been comparing the use of school grounds with local woodlands.
The Wild Teaching Toolkit
Through insights gained through the delivery phase of training, workshops and assemblies we have been able to develop the Wild Teaching Toolkit, to enable schools across the country to benefit from the programme.
We anticipate high levels of interest, as schools adapt to COVID-19 and look to make the most of outdoor learning.
The Wild Teaching pack explores the evidence around benefits for children of nature-based learning, how to overcome the barriers and Key Stage 1 session plans.
There are plenty of core subject links to Science, Maths and Literacy for teachers, and information about how experience through nature supports children’s mental health and wellbeing.
You can download the Wild Teaching Toolkit for free here.
About Wild Teaching
Nature Nurture works with early years settings and primary schools to transform their school culture and take play and learning outside the classroom, helping to enrich the curriculum as well as the health and wellbeing of children and staff. Inspirational, fantastic outdoor learning spaces are closer than we think.
Whether it’s an overgrown school garden or nearby urban green space, we help unleash play and learning in unexpected areas, through a whole school approach. We work with schools to explore their priorities and bespoke programmes..
Learn more here.
Trees for Cities is they are the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities.
“We get stuck in with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighbourhoods – whether it’s revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.”