On Friday 21 September East Allington Primary School celebrated the grand opening of their Forest School shelter.
Forest School outdoor learning has been added to the timetable at East Allington Primary School, so that children have a different way of learning and expressing their practical talents within the outside environment of the school grounds.
Forest School learning is taught alongside the current academic curriculum to the whole school, which includes children from 4 years - 11 years of age. Each child is able to participate and enjoy a different way of learning.
Kingsbridge Young Farmers Club were asked if they would take on the challenge of the creation of this new forest school shelter as their 'Community Project', and they accepted.
This bespoke construction was built by the YFC members during the summer, led by parents Kelly and Robert Barons.
Kelly Barons wrote to various businesses to ask if they would be generous enough to donate the required materials to create the forest school shelter, and they all agreed. All the businesses that were approached were able to donate to the project in some way, and slowly but surely all the materials were secured to create the shelter for FREE!
The YFC members kindly donated their time and skill and ensured that the shelter was finished in time for the children to use when they returned back to school. This means that the children at East Allington can learn outdoors all year round, whatever the Devon weather throws at them for years to come. Not only does the school run Forest School lessons, taught by a member of staff, but aims to get children learning outside whenever possible. Staff and children are incredibly grateful for the kindness of the community. This fantastic project is a tangible and heartfelt demonstration that children are valued, that children are special.
Thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations, RB Buildings (SW) Ltd, AJN Steelstock Ltd, Briarwood Products Ltd, E & JW Glendinning Ltd, James E. Smith Ltd, Jeremy Bishop Haulage Ltd, RGC Building Supplies, Austen Knapman Ltd, K-Hire and Futureclient Ltd.
Without them and the YFC members this project would have cost the school in the region of £8,500!