This year we are running two back-back sessions at Bracken Edge Primary School thanks to funding secured by the dedicated parents of The New Shoots Group.
Session 1 - F.A.B (Fridays At Bracken Edge)
Behla and Vols Becky & Ingrid (HPS) and Mr Walker (Bracken Edge)
This session targets children who are struggling in class, whether that be with communication, behaviour, working with others or lack of confidence. We facilitate different activities using the Forest School Ethos to encourage children to take risks and build confidence, work as a team and feel comfortable trusting others, lead their own learning and learn about themselves and others- building resilience, self-esteem and empathy.
During our first week we created a group agreement together and asked the group what they would like to do in the sessions- encouraging the children to take ownership of the group.
So far we have learned about minibeasts, how to light fires, put up shelters, cook on an open fire, we have played lots of games and have even done some filming!
Session 2 - The Wild Gardeners (After School)
Behla and Vols Becky & Ingrid (HPS)
This session is for children and their families- to play, learn, eat and grow together. Bracken Edge Primary School has an amazing garden and woodland space and the Wild Gardeners are keen to make the most of it!
We have been digging over beds, planting seeds, making bird feeders, looking after the chickens and playing lots of games too.
The group is going strong with about 15 children and 5 adults coming every week, so many hands make light work.
Hyde Park Source worked with the New Shoots Group and the School to design and build the garden in 2013 and then added a path in 2015 so the school could access to the woodland. "Hats off!" to all the volunteers from HPS, the school, the local community, corporate teams and the New Shoots group for making the space what it is today.
Below are some pictures of the garden in the making!
"HPS did a fantastic job on our new garden design over the summer. Where possible they made use of recycled materials and corporate volunteers to cut our costs, but always with an eye on a fantastic finished product. The children returned to find circular beds lined with growing tyres, wood chipped paths, pergolas and grow-houses. The children have been especially impressed with our new chicken coop, designed with security for the chickens in mind and easy cleaning and access for the adults looking after them. We can't wait for next stage of development to begin, which will involve mosaic workshops for children and parents, enabling the whole school community to leave their mark on the new garden space. Thanks you HPS, its looking fantastic!" - Donna Cutting, Chair, New Shoots