Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Submitted by: Positive Solutions

Description

Burlish Park is a semi-urban local authority primary school in Worcestershire. We have 470 pupils on roll which includes children who attend our nursery and specialist Speech and Language . Our whole school vision is to do the very best we can for each and every child, regardless of their starting point.
We have an enthusiastic number of parents who give their time to help run our school Parent Teachers Association. Each year our PTA work tirelessly to raise additional funds to enhance the learning experience of the children at our school.
Over the last two years and with financial support from local businesses, parents and volunteers from the local community worked extremely hard to develop our outdoor Forest School area. Under the guidance of our Forest School Leader they have transformed the demolition site of our old school into an amazing, vibrant area which has now become a valuable learning resource for all our children. Everybody at Burlish Park loves our new Forest School area!
Forest School is an approach to education that makes use of the outdoor environment to create a unique learning vehicle. It believes in children's right to play; the right to access outdoors in a woodland environment; the right to access risk; the right to experience the natural world around them; the right to experience a healthy range of emotions, through all challenges of social interaction, to build resilience that enables continued and creative engagement with peers.
Forest School runs all year round and in all weathers (unless weather conditions are dangerous). Children will experience the changes of the seasons and learn about nature first-hand, as well as how to look after themselves and each other.
As part of our enrichment programme we are now planning to introduce music in the outdoor environment. Being outside in our Forest School area for music will provide pupils with different sensory experiences and will encourage collaborative thinking and working in a new dimension, away from the constraints of classrooms walls. The potential of focusing on music outside is vast and can allow for pupil-led activities, participation and creativeness to a level that suits each individual child. Playing a musical instrument is a rich and complex experience that involves integrating information from the senses of vision, hearing, and touch all of which are greatly enhanced in the outdoor environment. Playing an instrument and singing can improve self- esteem and emotional wellbeing resulting in a happy confident child. Research has shown that an improved sense of self worth and well being can have a great impact on a child’s learning and skills learnt in music can be transferred to other areas of the formal curriculum such as numeracy and literacy.
To enable our children to access music in Forest School we wish to purchase some natural musical instruments that reflect different cultures and beliefs. We would also like to purchase some warm all-weather waterproof clothing to access the outdoors during inclement weather.
To ensure our children are given this wonderful opportunity to experience music in the outdoors please vote for our project ! If we are lucky enough to win £1000.00 we will definitely be ‘Singing in the Rain!’

Burlish Park Primary School PTA

Location: Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8LA, United Kingdom

We are proud of this project because of the hard work and dedication shown by the Community to create our amazing Forest School. Introducing music will allow the children to use the Forest School area in a different way thus increasing our children’s creativity and sense of wellbeing.
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