Pupils heading into the forest for lessons

Pupils enjoy a lesson in the woods as part of the Forest Schools initiative.
Pupils enjoy a lesson in the woods as part of the Forest Schools initiative.
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Youngsters are being taught about the value of nature thanks to a new project.

Concerns have been raised that children are losing knowledge and contact with nature, with some unable to identify well-known flowers.

Forest schools allows children to appreciate nature and woodlands

Sam Jackson, of Sc.out.ed

Now Sc.out.ed (Scientific Outdoor Education) is working with North Tyneside schools to help students realise the importance of nature, woods and forests with a series of tailored programmes.

Sam Jackson, of Sc.out.ed, said: “Forest schools allows children to appreciate nature and woodlands. It helps them use their senses to explore the environment through maps, trails and story-telling.”

Mark Stutt, also of Sc.out.ed, added: “Forest schools provide an excellent opportunity to increase self-confidence, co-operative working, listening and speaking skills and links in with the curriculum to enable the students and teachers to stimulate learning back in the classroom.”

For more information, visit www.scouted.org.uk