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New Outdoor Learning Programme for Bishop Ramsey School
Bishop Ramsey School is now taking part in a new and exciting outdoor learning pilot scheme, 'Natural Connections'.
Bishop Ramsey School is now taking part in a new and exciting outdoor learning pilot scheme run in conjunction with Groundwork South and delivered by Miss Petford, Head of Environmental Sustainability and Geography and Miss Masters (GWS). The Natural Connections programme is designed to encourage a small group of students to enhance student literacy, numeracy, organisation and communication and team work skills and is delivered through excellent teaching and learning workshops.
Bishop Ramsey School has regularly worked with Groundwork South on various projects over the last 4 years. Groundwork South is an environmental charity which is working towards a vision of a society made up of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. Groundwork South has an impressive reputation for both quality and innovation in the delivery of learning services. Using the outdoors as our classroom, the aim is to encourage people, no matter what their age or ability, to explore and discover their local environment.
The Natural Connections Programme is run over a 6 week block where students will take part in a series of workshops and learning opportunities.
Sessions 1 – 3 will be exploring school grounds, learning habitats, identifying invertebrates, trees and plants. Students will also learn team building, problem solving and practical skills such as knot skills! Sessions 4 – 6 will be reinforcing knowledge learnt, exploring and comparing habitats and learning outdoor skills such as shelter building and cooking and will be off site in nearby Ruislip Woods
We have already recruited a group of 15 students in Year 8 who were nominated by their form tutors and all are very keen to be involved and excited to get started! They will be making contributions to The Recorder as the sessions get underway!
The Eco-Champions Clubs runs after school every Tuesday afternoon and our main focus is to improve the biodiversity of the school grounds and to produce some home grown produce.
Bishop Ramsey School and the “Outdoor Classroom Allotment” is now part of the London Capital Growth Network and we are a registered Food Growing Space. The scheme was set up to “transform London by supporting 2012 new community food growing spaces”. As part of this scheme, endorsed by Boris Johnson, we have received 5 mixed fruit trees and have planted a small orchard in the space leading up to the main reception area.
Our home grown crop of Beetroot and Parsley was harvested at the end of September and a group of Year 10 students attended the FBR Late Summer BBQ and sold the lot! The accompanying recipes for Beetroot chocolate cake and Beetroot Leaf Curry also went down well. The money we raised from that event was then used to buy our winter planting of onions and garlic. The students have also been filling our composter with leaves and other green waste in the hope of producing our own compost/leaf mulch for use next year. We have also have been creating a path leading from the vegetable beds to our small greenhouses. The path is being made from recycled wood for the path edges and recycled slate.
Late in the autumn term we took delivery of a large number of lovely green wooden troughs and planters from Littleacre Products, plus a tonne of locally sourced prime compost and some winter pansies and crocus bulbs from Ducks Hill Nursery. The eco-champions then spent a good few hours digging, shifting, filling and planting and have made an excellent job of making the courtyard by the school reception a much brighter and prettier space.
Thank you to all of you who have supported Morrisons’ ” Lets Grow” voucher scheme. We will be able to further enhance the school grounds with some bird nesting boxes and seeds we have been able to “purchase” with our vouchers. Again a huge thank you is also due again to FBR for sponsoring us so far this year and making these projects possible.