Newhaven staff members Damian Platt and Ms. Bickers, take a select group of KS3 students from the Gardens Site, King’s Park and NEST to Oxleas Wood, an historic wood in Royal Greenwich.
In all weathers, students roam the woods, discovering trails with freedom to interact with the environment. Exploring and soaking up nature has positive mental and physical health benefits. Walks with free-ranging conversation are excellent for socialisation. Silent walks are very good for mindfulness and stress relief.
Students will learn how to measure risk without putting themselves or others in danger and how to use the natural environment to stimulate recognition and the use of different senses. Activities undertaken include tree climbing, rope swinging and team games. Skills taught include map making, path finding, making shelters, dens and learning to respect the environment.
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