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Article 31: (Leisure, play and culture) Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.

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Every Wednesday and Thursday our pupils get the opportunity work with a qualified Forest School practitioner to experience the outdoors and promote learning and social development.


At Alumwell Junior School we aim to use the outdoor classroom and natural environment as scaffolding to:


  • build self confidence strengthen bonds between children,
  • encourage language and development,
  • awaken a child's inherent inquisitiveness about the natural world,
  • develop an understanding of woodcraft and the ability to make art and usable items through tools and natural materials,
  • to take managed risks and be bold in trying new things,
  • promote imaginative play outside and encourage children to get outside and get moving,
  • foster co-operation between pupils,
  • grow empathy for wild creatures and a sense of stewardship for the environment,
  • cultivate understanding in children from different backgrounds,
  • help set good speaking and listening patterns,
  • bring out hidden possibilities within each child.


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