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Secrets of Soil

“A single teaspoon of rich garden soil can hold up to one billion bacteria, several metres of fungal roots and several thousand protozoa.” Pretty amazing huh?

Healthy soil is the key to all life on Earth. It grows our food, feeds the trees that give us air to breathe and it filters the water that we drink. Children will head into the woods to meet the tiny engineers that make this marvelous substance we call “mud.”

Did you know that without fungi and other decomposers we’d be waist high in rubbish? On our Secrets of Soil day children will imagine a world without decomposition and they will discover why mushrooms really are magic!
Children will explore the woodland, getting up close and personal with the forest floor to learn about the essential role that fungi, earthworms, woodlice and microorganisms play in nature to keep life on Earth happy and healthy. Children will be amazed to discover how nature recycles itself all the time.

Children will also learn:

Fungi & Mushrooms

To identify and name a variety of fungi and mushrooms.

observe earthworms

To observe earthworms closely, using simple equipment.

detritivores

The essential role detritivores play in our ecosystem.

make a plant pot

To make a plant pot and plant their own seedling to take away.

Empathy

Empathy for other living things.

Environmental impact

To understand and consider the impact of their actions on their environment.

sustainability

To show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet.

Get in touch with us to book your Secrets of Soil session today.

LINKING TO THE NEW WELSH CURRICULUM

You can be sure that our Wild Curriculum sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

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Take the first step toward giving your class an immersive outdoor learning experience. Come to our natural space that will inspire, motivate and educate. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.

“James took full charge of our forest school activities during our charity fun day and was very organised. The forest school was full at all times with the children and parents exploring the various activities provided from bug hunting and making magic wands to making apple crumble on the stove, which was delicious! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their experience in the forest school and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces, particularly when James started playing his mandolin having a little sing along.”

Dawn Lloyd-Jones

Smarties Nursery
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