Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

"This is their childhood, the only one they get and learning outdoors, working together, playing together is fun. It's about the quality of our lives and experiences."
Sir Ken Robinson

Highgate Primary School is a happy, creative, community school in North London with the 400 pupils coming from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, representing an impressive 42 different languages. The school is extremely fortunate to share their site with their partner school, Blanche Nevile Primary School for Deaf Children. Children from both schools enjoy a level of inclusion rarely found in the UK.

As parents, we are thrilled that Outdoor education is considered extremely important and has become an integral part of the enrichment education.
Many parent volunteers support the outdoor education by helping at Forest School in Highgate Woods, as well as working in the Allotment and the Peace Garden.
The schools outdoor education encompasses:
• Forest Schools Reception – Year 2
• Allotment visits for gardening and pleaure Reception – Year 6
• Peace Garden – gardening and outdoor learning Reception – Year 6

Outdoor Education has a measurable impact and promotes:
• Excellent self-confidence
• Inclusion between Highgate Primary and Blanche Nevile School for Deaf children
• Cognitive behavior
• Physical fitness
• Positive mental health
• Personal and social development
• High concentration
• Motivation

Who will benefit per year:
• 430 children at Highgate Primary
• 32 children at Blanche Nevile School for Deaf children
• 50 older friends in the wider school community who we want to invite to the Peace Garden and the Allotment for gardening and stories in the coming years but we need outdoor seating first!
• Hundreds of people in the wider school community who use the Peace Garden for school events

Although as parents we are happy to give our time, we are now in real need of material items to grow the school's outdoor education.
Budget:
• £400 for new Forest School all weather equipment and tools.
• £500 for seating using reclaimed wood in the Peace Garden and the Allotment, comfortable enough for all generations.
• £100 for fruit caging
Total: £1000

Highgate Woods, the Peace Garden and the Allotment certainly seem to have a magical, liberating effect on the children and we want to ensure this continues for many years to come.

Highgate Primary & Blanche Nevile Primary School Association

Location: London Borough of Haringey, United Kingdom

We are proud our children receive a rich outdoor education at Highgate Primary and Blanche Nevile, bursting with opportunities to play and be imaginative. Nurtured by inspiring staff, the school builds character and cares about the environment, the happiness of learning and the strong community.
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