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Health week at Priorswood Primary School, Taunton Posted on: 7/06/2021

Health week at Priorswood Primary School, Taunton

Pupils at a primary school in Taunton took part in mental and physical health activities this week. Priorswood Primary School, part of The Redstart Learning Partnership, took part in a variety of unusual lessons including American football, Morris dancing, dodgeball and a mini-marathon. Experts were invited to offer activities. These included a coach from Somerset Wyvern American Football team, army instructors and a zoom session with Club Chi, a Tai Chi instructor. Somerset MIND also visited the school to discuss the importance of mental health issues. The pupils were taught about their state of well-being, how they can cope with the normal stresses of life and how to learn to work productively. NHS nurses talked about the importance of healthy eating and nutrition. “The children have been really enjoying the week and all the brilliant activities on offer,” said Ellie Cullen from Priorswood Primary School. “They have had fantastic experiences which they otherwise may not have experienced. “It has also provided the children with the opportunity to connect with their community by meeting the members who run these activities within it and for that we are truly thankful.” The week ended with a school sports day run by the year 6 pupils. A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership added: “Our thanks go to the team at Priorswood and to the visitors that all made it such a successful week.” For the full report and pictures click the link below:  https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/19329012.pictures-health-week-priorswood-primary-school-taunton/Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength Posted on: 12/05/2021

Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength

Ashill forest school goes from strength to strength Ashill Primary School (which is part of The Redstart Learning Partnership), plans to develop their forest school, led by Kelly Napper and Pamela Mount.  Both Kelly and Pam are training to be fully qualified forest school leaders and both are well on their way to achieve this goal. The forest school site has been significantly improved and developed.  Pam and Kelly were pleased to offer full day sessions over the Easter holidays and forest school is now offered as a regular part of the school day. The uptake of the sessions by the Ashill children have been amazing and they were extremely pleased and excited to have SOLD OUT during each session! Both Kelly and Pam were thrilled with the success of the sessions: Pam said: “All the children and adults had a fabulous time learning new skills and creating items from natural resources with one child saying ‘I want to start the day again’. We have been amazed by the wonderful behaviour of all of the children and their enthusiasm and friendship. The children enjoyed getting mucky, the muddier the better for some”. Ashill’s forest school also allows the children to cover a wide range of other activities such as using tools and hammers, building bug hotels, making weaving frames from scratch, learning how to tie knots, nail art and clay printing hedgehogs. Kelly and Pam have recently attended their second assessment day which included setting up camp, slack line walking, tool maintenance, pewter smelting, playing games, and cooking a 3 course meal on the fire and both have passed their tool safety assessment as well!  They cannot wait to share these skills with the children. Due to the continued success Pam and Kelly will be offering sessions over the summer holidays. A spoke person for The Redstart Learning Partnership said: “We are absolutely delighted to see and hear all about the fantastic forest school developments at Ashill. It is such a wonderful opportunity for the children to get out doors for some inspirational learning and opportunities for holistic growth.  Allowing the children to play, explore and take risks develops their confidence and self- esteem through hands-on, learner inspired experiences in a natural setting.  We are also delighted that Ashill is able to continue to offer this provision over the summer holidays and we offer our deepest thanks to the staff for their time and efforts.”Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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