Bruton School for Girls is launching a series of new Eco – Outdoor Education Workshops for visiting school children, taking place on Monday 17th June and Monday 24th June 2013.

Bruton_Schoo_for_Girls_Bug_huntingSet within the beautiful Somerset countryside, the workshops will be made up of three activities with small groups of 10 and 11 year old children from local primary and middle schools. Today’s event was with Oakfield Academy from Frome.

The rural setting creates the perfect natural backdrop for the activities taking place and there will also be a traditional canvas bell tent and camp fire!

The children will have the opportunity to visit the schools’ nature reserve and take part in a conservation and ecology programme in this area. From this they’ll gain a deeper understanding of the local flora and fauna and wildlife as well as taking part in a ‘Mama Africa’ story and ‘Make and Do’ session with clay and necklace making activities using natural wood found nearby.

Bruton_School_for_Girls_Necklace_makingLater in the day all children have an opportunity to learn how to make a fire and keep it burning, whilst enjoying toasting marshmallows!

Laura James, head of Eco-studies at Bruton School for Girls, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these rural eco outdoor education sessions to visiting schools. We have such a beautiful setting and great facilities for these types of activities which are regularly used by our own girls. We are keen to work with the local community – giving opportunities for all children to love the natural world,”

These sessions are part of an ongoing commitment by Bruton School for Girls to focus on its core eco values. Sunny Hill Prep School offers Forest School for pupils from Nursery to Year 4 and Outdoor Education sessions to achieve the John Muir Bronze award for pupils in Years 5 and 6.

Bruton School for Girls offers children opportunities to learn about the natural world around them and to develop an understanding and respect for nature. It is the only school in the south west to have been awarded the prestigious Eco-Schools Ambassador Award for 2013 – 2015.


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