Nature School is an opportunity for children to experience nature and the outdoor environment in a safe, secure and hands on way with a trained Nature School leader.
Reception aged children from Babington House School were very excited this week, to arrive at school dressed in their nature school clothing. They were the first to experience the new Babington Nature School, launched in the woodland surrounding the School's Sport Ground on Elmstead Lane in Chislehurst. The children, led by Mrs Groome, enjoyed building an imaginary village out of natural materials, playing safety games and exploring mud – they all got very messy!
Nature School builds on each child's innate skills as each session is designed to accommodate different learning styles developing self-esteem and self-confidence through setting small achievable tasks. The children develop many skills such as perseverance, independence and responsibility. These are all skills that will help them to achieve more when they are back in the classroom.
A group of pupils will attend Nature School every Thursday, each session lasts around 2 hours with the children enjoying time for games and activities, to sit together in a circle for discussion and a snack in the woods.
Babington's Forestry Club also benefits from the Nature School site, putting up a shelter and helping to clear some of the area – a great way to learn both physical and social behavioural boundaries as well how to respect and care for their local environment.
Tim Lello, Headmaster said, "There is as much to learn outside the classroom as there is within it and delivering our curriculum through our outdoor learning programme is an exciting new development for Babington House."