Project Reference B-6 : Woodland Discovery Days

The Woodland Trust aims to work at a landscape scale to buffer, extend and link ancient woodland and involve communities in creating local green spaces. We know from experience how, through this kind of involvement, people, and especially children, develop a sense of ownership that sparks a lifelong interest in the natural world and a determination to protect and enjoy the woodland they have helped plan and create.
  
Children are the key to reversing the loss of our native plants and animals, and we urgently need to inspire and engage them with their natural heritage. The Schools Woodland Discovery Programme is designed to engage and inspire children aged 8 to 11 years old about woods and trees through practical, hands-on activities.  Complimented by preparatory work and follow up activities in the classroom the out of classroom learning forms part of a structured programme helping teachers to delivery the curriculum.

The programme will run throughout the year and activities will vary from craft to music, archaeology, storytelling, games, increasing identification skills and ancient woodland seed collection.  Between October and March sessions will take place on woodland creation sites which culminate in children planting trees.  Between April and September the events will take place in established woodland, such as the NIEA Ness and Ervey Woods, and will be designed to encourage children to appreciate, understand and enjoy trees.

There is growing evidence which supports the belief that children learn more effectively outdoors for a number of reasons: movement and activity linked to brain function can increase memory, stimulate language and increase interest in the subject.

The programme will take into account special provision for children and young people with special needs.  A flexible booking system enables teachers to book children onto the programme. Ever mindful of the pressure on school budgets we will also offer a bursary towards the cost of travel to a wood, thus removing a major obstacle to participation by schools from the more deprived areas.  All of the materials supporting the programme are also available to download free of charge, providing teachers with high quality resources.

Specialist contractors will deliver the woodland discovery programme.  They will ensure that the children learn about the trees as they plant them or collect seeds, a technique which is particularly effective for children who find classroom learning difficult and develops a sense of ownership in all children.

The Woodland Trust aims to work at a landscape scale to buffer, extend and link ancient woodland and involve communities in creating local green spaces. We know from experience how, through this kind of involvement, people, and especially children, develop a sense of ownership that sparks a lifelong interest in the natural world and a determination to protect and enjoy the woodland they have helped plan and create.
  
Children are the key to reversing the loss of our native plants and animals, and we urgently need to inspire and engage them with their natural heritage. The Schools Woodland Discovery Programme is designed to engage and inspire children aged 8 to 11 years old about woods and trees through practical, hands-on activities.  Complimented by preparatory work and follow up activities in the classroom the out of classroom learning forms part of a structured programme helping teachers to delivery the curriculum.

The programme will run throughout the year and activities will vary from craft to music, archaeology, storytelling, games, increasing identification skills and ancient woodland seed collection.  Between October and March sessions will take place on woodland creation sites which culminate in children planting trees.  Between April and September the events will take place in established woodland, such as the NIEA Ness and Ervey Woods, and will be designed to encourage children to appreciate, understand and enjoy trees.

There is growing evidence which supports the belief that children learn more effectively outdoors for a number of reasons: movement and activity linked to brain function can increase memory, stimulate language and increase interest in the subject.

The programme will take into account special provision for children and young people with special needs.  A flexible booking system enables teachers to book children onto the programme. Ever mindful of the pressure on school budgets we will also offer a bursary towards the cost of travel to a wood, thus removing a major obstacle to participation by schools from the more deprived areas.  All of the materials supporting the programme are also available to download free of charge, providing teachers with high quality resources.

Specialist contractors will deliver the woodland discovery programme.  They will ensure that the children learn about the trees as they plant them or collect seeds, a technique which is particularly effective for children who find classroom learning difficult and develops a sense of ownership in all children.