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Forest school makes learning fun in Ilminster
9:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A LEARNING support assistant from Greenfylde First School in Ilminster is excited about further developing part of the outdoor curriculum.
Vernon Higgins passed his level three Forest School Leader qualification, enabling him to push forward with a scheme which has proved popular with pupils.
Children learn to appreciate and better understand their outdoor surroundings through activities in the forest school sessions, which can in turn help them in the classroom.
Mr Higgins said: “It’s great for children who are finding class hard – it is education in a fun environment.
"Working with natural materials in the outdoors gives them more confidence in the classroom. It’s also about using the school grounds to educate the children.
"This is the second year of running the course and 29 children have already gone through it. They absolutely love it.”
New head teacher Claire Oaten added: “We are so proud of Vernon’s achievement in getting this qualification. It impacts on the whole school.
"The children live in a beautiful area and it’s great for them to get out and enjoy it.
"It teaches important life skills and is also an exciting learning opportunity – it’s important they have that fun in learning.”
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