We are calling for a Nature Premium to fund regular nature experiences for every child.‘We believe that the Nature Premium would improve children’s mental and physical wellbeing after lockdown and demonstrate a positive investment in their future development as part of the Green Recovery’. Lily Horseman, Chair of the Forest School Association
The Nature Premium would help children recover from lockdown and set them up to learn. Research published in 2018 showed that children used more energy on a school day with Forest School (playing in woods), than on a school day with P.E. Wildlife Trust research also found that natural environments can play a key role in increasing physical activity levels. It could be that not all children enjoy organised games and team competition, playing in a nature rich environment is more inclusive.
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PEOPLE'S ENGAGEMENT WITH NATURE
From 2009 to 2019, Natural England ran the Monitor of Engagement of the Natural Environment (MENE) survey. It collected data about outdoor recreation, pro-environmental behaviours, attitudestowards and engagement with the natural environment.
This was sent in by the lovely Vics, whose son Max usually explores in the woods with us every week. It has some great ideas of things to forage and explore with the children. The cleaver juice is a favourite of ours and the wonderful plantain leaves are a fantastic healer of small wounds and scrapes. Have a look and see what you can forage with the small people in your lives.
The beginning of May sees the festival of Beltain. (Goodly – Fire : Bel-tene) It is a time to honour, in particular the flowering of this season – so pertinent for 2020. It celebrates the transition from spring to summer and to secure a green summer full of fruiting and promise for the autumn harvesting…an ancient festival celebrated throughout Europe, particularly Celtic Europe.
It is a time for May festivals and Maypole dancing, which we are sadly missing this year.
And then there is Venus, female energy and in the evening sky it is shining its brightest; Venus is the symbol of love and Beltain.
TED ED EARTH SCHOOL
Fancy embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world while learning about how dependent we are on our planet?
For all those of you who have ever hung out with a small person obsessed with machines and tools....the chainsaw makers STIHL have created some great tree identification resources; with well designed information and interesting facts and details.
Here is our friend Finn with his favourite chainsaw. And Jack and Fergus with their father's chainsaw. Risk benefit analysis: Obviously the safety of the footwear needs revision before use. But between them, the've got ear protectors, helmets and the gloves are a must! They have evidently got the curiosity and the enthusiasm for using tools. Hours of engagement lie ahead. So now they've got some Tree ID sheets, nothing can stop them all!
APRIL WILDFLOWER BINGO
Inspired by our daily walks and those of our friends and family. Here is a little bit of Bingo to use to engage with the plants and flowers which are out and about this month.
There are many ways that you and your family can experience the moments of joy that nature gives us. Use all your senses to explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the natural world around you.