"The best thing was the total involvement of all the children…I would recommend this service to anyone who has the extra space in their grounds."
"Making this wonderful area at the end of our field has always been a dream of mine. It was hard to make it happen with the already busy staff… Carymoor were amazing at its design and implementation."
Helen Townson, Head-teacher, Abbas and Templecombe Primary
"Thank you for helping us build our fabulous forest school area, the whole school love it. We especially like the mud kitchen because we can spend all our time in there getting muddy."
Ruby Class, Abbas and Templecombe Primary
"When you were here we made benches out of wood planks, that was fun. We also planted bulbs, they are starting to grow. The path we made is excellent, everybody loved making it…The mud kitchen was a favourite, everybody loves to make mud pies."
"I adore the forest school area because it is an amazing place to learn; the bug hotel is fantastic, but I love the den."
"I am thankful because it's a good place to learn about wildlife like the minibeast hotel. It is also a fun place to play as it has a mud kitchen and a blackboard."
Pupils of Abbas and Templecombe Primary
Are you looking to improve your school grounds and make them into a stimulating learning environment? If so Carymoor can help with our new 'Go Wild in your Grounds' service. Our team can work with your whole school to transform your school grounds into both a haven for wildlife and a creative environment for learning outside the classroom!
A current long-term project led by Plymouth University which is working with over 100 schools in the South West has found over 80% of teachers involved with learning in a natural environment felt that these experiences have a strong positive impact on children's behaviour, social skills, health and well-being and can help children engage in learning who may otherwise be difficult to motivate. This is backed up by Ofsted's report in 2008 which stated that 'When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils' personal, social and emotional development.'
Developing your grounds for outdoor learning can therefore be an invaluable resource for your school and Carymoor can help you with this!
Following consultations with staff and where possible, pupils, we can help you develop a design and then work with all pupils to create exciting new features, fostering a sense of ownership of and interest in their outdoor space.
We organise tasks so that they are appropriate, realistic and achievable for the age and ability of your pupils. Where necessary we can also work with parents and staff to complete larger tasks.
As part of the project we can also run activity sessions for pupils and/ or staff, thereby giving them a taster of how the new spaces and features can be used to complement classroom-based learning without the need for lots of advanced preparation or additional resources.
Examples of features that we can help children develop in your school grounds:
|Mini Wildflower meadow||Campfire area and seating|
|Tree, hedge and bulb planting||Pathways|
|Herb garden: smelly wellies, tyre gardens, or more traditional beds.||Den-building areas- providing materials and ideas|
|Minibeast friendly zones: minibeast hotels, habitat piles, bug-friendly planting, bee B&Bs and more!||Living willow structures e.g domes, arches and tunnels (seasonal)|
|Bird nest-boxes and bird feeding station||Wildlife Pond or Bog garden|
|Story-circle: building and decorating benches||Composting area|
|Giant chalk board/rustic chalk 'stumps'||Musical washing line|
|Mud kitchen||Scrap weaving and scrap sculpture|
Working with pupils to design and create new features, plus activities using these: in the region of £300+vat per day, plus additional costs for certain materials depending on the brief.
INSET day working with staff to create features (e.g. a team-building session), plus taster session of activities for using space with pupils: in the region of £200+vat per day, plus material costs.
This service is initially available to schools within a 30 minute drive of Carymoor.
Phone or e-mail us to discuss your ideas and arrange a consultation visit: 01963 351350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be able to apply for funding to help cover project costs. Possible sources of grant funding are:
Big Lottery Fund Awards For All - Small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. Fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people e.g. community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.
Wessex Water Watermark Awards - Grants of up to £1,500 towards environmental projects. Open to Schools, Parish Councils and community organisations within the Wessex Water region.