AMONG the trees, shrubs and other flora, youngsters from Chagford have, of late, been enjoying learning in the great outdoors thanks to sessions at a forest school; the future of said school, however, is in need of support if it is to continue.
Ever since the autumn of last year, pupils attending Chagford CofE Primary School have had several opportunities to get hands on with their learining thanks the school’s ‘Woodland School’, a fundraiser for which has been launched by Chagford C of E Primary School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA).
Funded thus far by the school’s PTFA, the sessions at the Woodland School offer a space for hands-on learning, which can be adapted to suit all children and, therefore, allow every child a chance to join in.
Children have the chance to hone and, as far as is possible, perfect their budding motor skills in a natural environment, all the while improving both their social skills and confidence among peers.
The PTFA fundraiser has already raised more than £1,000 toward its £3,000 target; achieving said target will enable children from reception all the way to Year six to enjoy as many as three sessions per half term for the next year.
The money will cover the cost of getting someone in to lead the sessions, as well as some of the costs of associated materials used in said sessions.
A spokesperson for the PTFA said: ‘The children at Chagford School have been lucky enough to enjoy Woodland School sessions since last Autumn - donning their wellies come rain or shine (or minus 7 degree frosts!) and going into the school grounds to learn about all sorts of exciting things to do with our environment.
‘;The sessions have been funded by the PTFA but this is not sustainable and a longer-term funding solution is needed. ‘Therefore we are turning to you, family and friends of Chagford School, to help keep this fantastic opportunity going for our kids.’
To support the fundraiser, visit the GoFundMe website and enter ‘Chagford Primary Woodland School’ into the search box.