Celebration for our Wild Schools!

Friday 6th November 2015

my wild school competitionWinners announced

Three primary schools are celebrating winning fantastic prizes having been crowned Birmingham’s wildest schools in The Wildlife Trust’s competition.

Gold Award winners: Regents Park Community Primary have won a wild makeover for their school grounds, while Silver Award winners Green Meadow Primary and Abbey Catholic Primary have won free forest school sessions with The Trust thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

TV personality, naturalist and ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts’ Forest Schools project, Nick Baker, will be presenting the awards to the three schools at a special ceremony on 16th November. He will also be running some bug hunting sessions with the children to help them to discover the wonders of what lives among the autumn leaves.

Georgia Stokes, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said:
“We loved receiving the entries from all the schools and seeing how much enjoyment children and their teachers had getting wild. We are delighted we can celebrate the efforts these schools are making to connect children with their natural environment. Children learn so much from nature: it is a natural resource and inspiration for all aspects of the curriculum. Nationally and internationally we have a generation of children growing up disconnected from nature; these schools are leading the way and reconnecting their pupils with a vital part of their lives to make them healthier, happier and more confident.

“We wanted this competition to stimulate schools to think about the amount of time the kids get outside and how this can be used as a learning tool. We are delighted to say that from the entries we had, it really did. There were some fantastic examples of outdoor learning and the reactions of the children to these new experiences were brilliant to see. Regents Park got their children doing wild activities every day for a month and to read how sad they were when it finished showed how much of an impact it had. We hope that this is just the start of a journey for these schools and that they can integrate even more of the forest school approach into their children’s learning.”

The Wildlife Trusts launched a new initiative this month called ‘Every Child Wild’ to inspire more teachers and parents to reconnect children with nature. They want stories such as those of these schools to do that. Any schools wanting to find out more about outdoor learning should contact The Trust via info@bbcwildlife.org.uk or 0121 454 1199. 

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