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Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust in West Sussex. Our aim is to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.

Schoolsworks

Downsbrook

Can you help us?

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are very, very fortunate to have our own onsite Forest School. Over the past few years, we have been actively working with our PTA to raise funds for a Cabin, tools, equipment, and resources however with the current situation and Covid-19 we have been unable to hold any fundraising events.

During the last 12 months our parents have embraced home schooling. I have 4 children of my own and have loved teaching them about planting seeds, gardening, building, recycling and embracing our great outdoors! We have had a lot of fun and learned many new skills that I am now passionate about sharing with the children within our school.

My aim along with my equally as passionate colleagues, is to nurture an understanding and respect for natural places and to let children experience nature first-hand through a series of engaging and achievable tasks. The Forest School experience brings learning to life and improves a child’s ability to work co-operatively whilst offering them opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning. It is proven to improve children’s confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills, as well as giving them an opportunity to have lots of fun! The children also develop skills in teamwork, using tools safely and learning about looking after our environment.

o WHAT SORT OF ACTIVITIES DO WE DO?

o Fire activities

o Storytelling (around our fire circle)

o Natural art activities

o Learn how to use tools safely

o Exploring, nature watching and bug hunting

o Planting and pruning

o Practical woodland skills

o Building dens

o Time to be quiet, reflect or talk

All activities are linked to our Creative Curriculum

 

 HOW CAN YOU HELP?

In order to keep our Forest School running successfully, we need a HUGE list of resources and wondered if you would be able to help us in any way by possibly donating some items from the list below?

What we need…

o Bags of multipurpose compost

o Children’s gardening gloves

o Ropes and string

o Seeds

o Bulbs

o Plants

o Litter pickers

o Buckets

o Secateurs

o Lolly stick plant labels

o Wall mountable hose pipe

o Large 30cm flower pots

o Tent pegs

o Decorative stones

o Gravel/Pea Shingle

o Pond Plants

o A Greenhouse!

The list above is not the full list please ask if you think you have other things to offer! We would be extremely grateful for anything you have to offer and would share our gratitude on the school website as well as the forest school website and friends of Downsbrook page on facebook.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. I/We really appreciate it and very much look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

 

Cath Cobden

ccobden@downsbrook.org

 

 

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