Ernest Cook Trust has funded Nature Vibezzz with a grant of £1997 to run 18 forest school activities at Streatham Common. The project shall focus on literacy and writing curriculum areas including working with Granton Primary School staff to improve student’s creative writing skills stimulated by the project outdoor activities.
The project shall work with a year group running 6 weekly sessions with each class with all students attending at least 3 sessions, with each session run for approximately 15 children. Project activities shall be run by experienced freelance forest school / environmental education / nature conservation tutors working with Granton School staff.
The Forest School & environmental educational activities will build children’s self-esteem & confidence plus contribute to a future generation interested in the natural environment. Increasing the participant’s self-esteem and confidence is important as low self-esteem can affect a child’s learning and development, Children with low self-esteem and confidence can become isolated if they don’t develop social skills to interact with their peers and adults. Children with low self-esteem and confidence can become less engaged and lack motivation when doing academic studies, as the child may not wish engage in tasks that they believe they cannot complete.
Activities will involve showing children the beauty of natural environments, teaching how to look after wildlife, learning to use tools, & fun activities like building dens. Whilst Granton Primary School staff will run classroom literacy and writing sessions with the children writing about their experiences at Forest School.