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Big Forest School Campaign for Dry Drayton (CofE) Primary School’s Outdoor Classroom

 

We are asking for donations to kick-start a new campaign to support the school.

 


How can I donate?


Visit our Just Giving page to donate online!

It is also possible to donate via cheque:


Cheques, payable to The Dry Drayton School & Village Association, can be posted or dropped off with Roger Swain (Treasurer) at: 4 Bakers Field, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8EG

If donating by cheque and you qualify for Gift Aid, please also complete this Gift Aid Form and include it with your cheque!

 

At the S&VA AGM in February, we discussed our plans to help the school realise its dream of building an outdoor classroom and developing the new Forest School area.

 

The school is fully committed to providing a Forest School experience for every one of its children. The school has already developed a designated Forest School area at the bottom of the school field and invested in Forest School training for staff.

 

What the school wants to do next is build a new outdoor classroom and develop the Forest School area. Without the support of the S&VA and the wider village, the school may not be able to achieve this.

 

‘Forest Schools’ are becoming more and more popular around the UK, as educators and parents recognise the importance of children learning in outdoor environments, and how time spent outside improves learning for all. Spending time outside activates forms of discovery and learning that are distinct from the typical classroom experience, engaging children in a range of diverse skills that transfer to all aspects of education and well-being! Taking children outdoors, out of the classroom, gives them a change of environment that has been shown to increase participation, improve focus, and foster engagement. In Forest School, children get to learn their basics - maths, reading and writing – in new ways: from den building engineering projects to nature-inspired poetry!


“The evidence is clear: outdoor learning is one of the tools we need to use to raise attainment in our schools and nurseries”, states information from the charity Learning Through Landscapes. “Students involved in an outdoor learning project for 2 hours per week over 12 weeks gained an average increase of 6 months for Mental Arithmetic and 2 months for General Maths. They also showed a 20% increase in their attitudes to learning, whole the control group decreased by 3% over the same period.”


It is hoped that creating the outdoor learning areas could do more than improve the children’s learning. Both projects could also bolster the school’s reputation, adding to the reasons why parents should send their children to Dry Drayton. For a small school, attracting more children is a big consideration.


Committed to supporting the school in any way we can, the S&VA was looking forward to running an ambitious fund-raising campaign involving not just the school but also the whole village. The target was to raise £8,000 to pay for an outdoor classroom and to add to the Forest School area. Unfortunately, due to lockdown we have not been able to put into practice what we planned. Our support for these projects is therefore also at risk.


However, we feel strongly that these school projects deserve to succeed. At the end of June/beginning of July we would have been holding the various events associated with Feast Week 2020 in the usual way. Without these fund-raising events, we now need to raise the money in other ways, even during lockdown.


As soon as lockdown lifts sufficiently for fund-raising events to be held, we will hold them. In the meantime, we are launching Stage 1 of our campaign in which we are simply asking for one-off donations.


Any generous donation however large or small would be gratefully received. It would mean a lot to the school to be able to push on with these plans.

 

How can I donate?


Visit our Just Giving page to donate online!

It is also possible to donate via cheque:

 

Cheques, payable to The Dry Drayton School & Village Association, can be posted or dropped off with Roger Swain (Treasurer) at: 4 Bakers Field, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8EG

If donating by cheque and you qualify for Gift Aid, please also complete this Gift Aid Form and include it with your cheque!

 

Further details are found on our website: drydraytonsva.co.uk

 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please let us know: drydraytonsva@gmail.com

 

We appreciate all the support received from the village so far.

 

Tim Russell (S&VA Chair) and the whole S&VA team.

 


 

This wikipedia entry sets out more on the Forest School learning style

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_school_(learning_style)                  



 

In another initiative, Dry Drayton Townlands Trust has announced the purchase of 13.8 acre Woodlands Field on the Madingley Road as a community asset. A first report on some of the features of this community wood was included in p12 of the July / August Village Newsletter