Taking lessons into the great outdoors

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Youngsters with a taste for adventure are being encouraged to join in an exciting autumn activity morning.

Pupils at independent co-educational prep school Belmont Grosvenor, Birstwith, enjoy regular Forest School sessions as part of their timetable.

Belmont is one of a network of Forest Schools across the UK, with pupils from four to seven years-old learning through outdoor play in the site’s extensive woodland environment.

A recent report published by a team of experts from Plymouth University showed that outside learning had a ‘positive impact on children’s development’ and called on the Government to include it in the national curriculum.

Now, as part of a series of Open Doors events at the school, Belmont is holding an Autumn Adventure Morning to give youngsters from across the Harrogate area the chance to try out its Forest School activities for themselves.

Planned for Saturday October 8, the adventure morning will run from 10am-noon and youngsters will be able to have a go at den building, woodland scavenger hunts and marshmallow toasting.

Nick Wield, Belmont Grosvenor’s Forest School co-ordinator, said the Plymouth University report highlighted what Belmont Grosvenor School had recognised for several years – the benefits of outdoor learning in a child’s development.

“Our Forest Schools’ scheme allows children to develop outside the classroom, in a less formal environment, and helps them with their emotional and social skills.

“We’re excited to introduce other children from across the area to the benefits of woodland learning,” he said.

For more information, or to book a place on the Autumn Adventure Morning, phone 01423 771029.