The Berrow School held an outdoor student festival with a range of fun activities.
The festival – based on school forest school activities – comes after the school has worked hard in recent months to renovate its outdoor areas and amid growing popularity among pupils.
The event – held for the first time in three years due to the pandemic – had “inclusion and diversity” as its underlying theme, ensuring activities were accessible and doable for all. .
“School activities involved children working during the day in mixed-year groups. Once the festival tents were set up, the day began!
“One activity included pebble artwork. The pebbles were then used to complete a ‘Contemplation Zone Garden’ where the artwork of the 200 students was placed amongst school symbols (also painted by a student) and flowers.”
“This area is now reserved for open-air worship and one’s own thoughts, or simply a place to gather and listen to nature.”
“Children were introduced to new skills, such as carving, weaving and making wooden jewelry. The children were all very proud of their accomplishments and even roasted their own marshmallows around the new fire pit.
A sensory walk was also part of the activities which included children helping each other through a blindfolded, barefoot challenge course.
“Their senses were titillated by the smells of herbs, hugging the trees along the way and feeling the grass between their toes.”
“This activity was chosen to ensure that regardless of ability, all are included at Berrow and celebrated for their uniqueness.”
“We are very proud of our school and it was a wonderful day with beautiful weather to boot!”
“The children’s smiles said it all. The school would like to acknowledge the support of local businesses – Unity Farm, Berrow’s Co-op, Westcroft Nurseries and Coates Willow Centre.
“We have many adventures ahead with the continued development of our outdoor learning areas. If any local businesses wish to support us in this endeavour, please contact us via [email protected] for more information.
Parents who would like to find out more about the school can call 01278 783614 or [email protected] to arrange a visit.