In 2014, our new learning studio will allow us to access and celebrate the unique environment that the Park provides in ways we have never done so before. Working with the ‘Friends of the Park’ team, we are allowing certain areas outside to grow ‘wild’ in order to have perfect settings for future forest and wood school resources. This term I’ve been invited to a local forest school run by Mary Maclachlan and her team at Paupers Wood, Didsbury to observe their outdoor learning and natural play space. Seeing first hand how outdoor learning spaces can help stimulate young minds whilst understanding how important it is for children to explore their environment is proving to be very useful research. From picking leaves and identifying trees to herb quizzes, whittling tools to nettle soup – this venture is invaluable and providing necessary experience for when we come to shape 2014’s learning offer.
Many thanks to Mary, Jane, Carolyn and May for making me feel so welcome – my Thursday’s have never been quite the same since joining in!