At The Chalet School we have a wonderful school woodland garden. It is entirely fenced so the children have the chance to be free to explore, play and connect with nature. This helps them to build confidence and to understand their world. All activities in the garden are related to classroom learning. Each term 2 classes spend half a day a week in the garden.
All classes work in the garden centres on Permaculture which is a design system which creates resilient, sustainable relationships between human beings and the rest of the natural world. We ensure Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share are the core principals behind all we do in the garden. All garden learning is linked to the national curriculum and is centred on the individual child enjoying their outdoor learning experience to the full.
This winter we are carrying out some work in accordance with our Permaculture Design. To encourage wildlife we want to provide a range of habitats and learning opportunities for the children. We will be cutting back some of the trees to allow more light into the pond area, vegetable garden and compost area. We will be re-doing our compost system to allow more to be composted and to include a wormery.
Autumn is an exciting time in the garden – especially with all those lovely coloured leaves to use for crafts, rake to make leaf-mould and to jump in. Jellyfish, Octopus, Stingrays and Turtles classes will be making the most of the season as it is their turn in the garden. They will also be preparing for a Christmas Garden Party by making natural Christmas Decorations to go on our living Christmas tree and making natural presents for the Pass the Parcel.
If you would like to know more about the Chalet garden project, please visit the following website - www.woodland-learning.co.uk.