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Work commences on Outdoor Willow Walk

Posted: 4th April 2014 | Category: EYFS, Years 1 & 2

Work has recently started on a new ‘Outdoor Woodland Project’ at Skippers, as part of our two year development plan.

Making the most of the school’s stunning 22 acre setting, a section of land is being transformed into a child-friendly play and learning zone that can be used by children from Kindergarten to Year 8.

An extensive Willow Walk is the first feature being built, alongside a story-telling circle made of logs, with a zip wire and a tepee being added over the forthcoming months.

The project will also enhance the ‘Woodland Explorers Programme’ that was introduced to Reception last year and devised to cover the year’s seven areas of learning. The programme will be extended throughout the school as of September, allowing all pupils to use their outdoor environment to develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, independent thinking and creativity.

Headmaster, Mr Lewis, commented: “This is a great project for Skippers. Pupils shouldn’t be held back from enjoying the great outdoors within school hours. We want them to embrace this zone and throw themselves wholeheartedly into the explorations and activities that will be held here throughout the year. It is a great reason to bring the pupils together and learn the importance too of conservation work, whilst offering a relaxed environment in which a child’s self-esteem and confidence can grow.”

Read more about Skippers Hill’s two year development plan.

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