Forest School Learning Area at Barming Primary School
Barming Primary School is one of just a few local schools lucky to have grounds large enough for such an area- indeed, many children and parents didn’t even know about this area as it was hidden behind trees at the bottom of the field! Generous sponsorship and donations, particularly from local companies Gallaghers and Bovis Homes have funded the area. Without these donations this would not have been possible.
Outdoor learning specialist Mark Burr runs the school’s designated Forest School. Mr Burr is a fully qualified Forest School Practitioner from local company Wild Times Woodland Adventures, which promotes ‘fun and learning in the woods’. Mr Laker is keen for all children to be able to take part in Forest School from Reception children to Year 6. This is an invaluable learning experience for the children at Barming. Forest School is a safe environment where children learn outdoors in all weathers, experiencing changes in nature. Children take ownership and responsibility of their outdoor area.
Forest School is widely recognised as an excellent opportunity for children to develop confidence through hands-on learning.
Miss Rootes and Mr Laker are eager to continue this fantastic provision which is now established.
If you or your company would like to sponsor Barming Primary School, please get in contact with the school.
Why FOREST SCHOOL?
There are multiple positive psychological and mental health improvements from nature based initiatives and green prescribing including but not limited to - improvements in depression, anxiety, stress, dementia and chronic illness. Those who regularly visit green spaces are also seen to be more motivated and gain additional benefits from those doing similar activities inside. The Public Health Outcomes Framework has identified the use of outdoor space for health benefits as a key performance indicator for public health.