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Classes are fun in the forest




Teacher Annette Baxter with pupils Tilly, Danielus, Harry and Vanesa. (SG230518-3)
Teacher Annette Baxter with pupils Tilly, Danielus, Harry and Vanesa. (SG230518-3)

Children at Surfleet Primary School are learning outdoors as they move towards belonging to an accredited Forest School.

The school has an outdoor wooden classroom and a fire circle, which will have a canopy installed above, and are gaining an ever growing list of skills in their woodland environment.

Early years KS1 teacher Annette Baxter is close to gaining her Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification, and once she does Surfleet Primary will be able to use Forest School in its official title.

Annette said: "The children are experiencing outdoor learning in a forest environment, developing independent skills, developing their confidence, taking risks, working as a team and carrying out activities that normally they would not do or would not be allowed to do."

Anna-Mae and Belinay make a spider's web with sticks. (SG230518-1)
Anna-Mae and Belinay make a spider's web with sticks. (SG230518-1)

Activities that would normally be off the radar - like lighting fires, using tools and sharpening sticks with knives - are carried out in a safe, supervised environment.

The school is adding to its eco credentials following the delivery of 32 saplings as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, which will see trees planted in Britain and around the world.

Eila and Jess deep in the Surfleet forest. (SG230518-2)
Eila and Jess deep in the Surfleet forest. (SG230518-2)

* More pictures inside tomorrow's Lincolnshire Free Press.



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