Outdoor learning is linked to mental health and wellbeing.
Here at Batheaston Church School in Bath we pride ourselves on being a caring and supportive community striving to provide a full and varied level of activities for our children and this includes taking a lot of our learning outside. Research shows that experiences in natural settings provide multiple benefits to young children including increased physical activity and improved concentration and enhanced social skills.
The outdoors, where curiosity and nature invite children to rush from finding an ants nest to noticing the bees in the flowers, is an ideal setting for children’s physical development. Our vision of creating optimum outside learning experience is to construct a conservation aware pond enabling our children to really engage and inspire a closer connection with nature.
We are fortunate in our school to have a large size pond area in which a huge variety of nature and wildlife can be found. Sadly this facility which has the potential to be amazing, is not used enough and this is mainly due to restricted accessibility and safety concerns. We would like to make our pond area much more exciting and easily accessible by building a beautiful wooden bridge from one end to the other where children can gaze at the world of nature below and observe what is happening all around them. We also want to create decking platforms around the outside in which the children can carry out activities like pond dipping in a safe and controlled manner so that they can observe the wildlife and enjoy the changing seasons.
According to the Open University’s OPENspace Research Centre, there is considerable evidence suggesting that time spent outdoors in nature improves wellbeing, reduces symptoms of depression and increases a child’s ability to function in school. This is an area very close to our hearts and is something we believe strongly in.
The reality of school funding today means it is difficult to find the funds from our day-to-day budget but we are determined to fund this life-enhancing project to inspire our future scientists and nature lovers.
Therefore we are seeking to raise £5,000 by crowdfunding to help make this inspirational project a reality so we need your help to make it happen!
“I’m thrilled to be leading this exciting project to really enhance a redundant area of our playground into an inspiring natural pond area with a bridge and decking platforms. This will really enhance our children’s outdoor learning experience,” says Sally Jefferies, Project Champion.
So why crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a great way to hit a fundraising target through a group of people all coming together to put funds into the same pot and encouraging others to do the same.
The larger the group or ‘crowd’ formed, the more money we raise so the key to any crowdfunding appeal is getting the message out there via all of our networks.
Please help us to make this possible by passing on the appeal details on your own social media network to family, friends and your other contacts to help spread our message. Every single donation helps and is gratefully received.
To make a donation, please click on the DONATE button here. We can also claim Gift Aid, with consent, on your donation boosting the giving by 25%, when applicable.
Thank you for your support. We truly appreciate the gift and it will really make a difference to our school.