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Bromsgrove youngsters get into Bear Grylls mode

Anu Shukla 18th Nov, 2016 Updated: 18th Nov, 2016

PUPILS at Winterfold House School have been getting into Bear Grylls mode, taking on the great outdoors and learning all about living in harmony with nature.

Forest School takes place once a week, giving eager beavers from the school a chance to explore the environment and its conservation, while developing self-confidence and self-esteem.

The outdoor curriculum means children will eventually learn skills such as tool safety and fire-lighting.

Headmistress Denise Toms said: “Forest School is about our pupils experiencing the natural world through practical involvement.

“The varied natural resources of the woodland and the children’s own interests combine to stimulate imaginative, creative and investigative activity.”

Originating in Scandinavia in the 1950s, Forest School has been an integral part of education in Denmark since the 1980s.

The concept was first brought to Britain some 15 years ago and Worcestershire was one of the pioneering authorities.

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