Outdoor learning is firmly rooted in Doncaster thanks to a new Forest School EXPLORING the world with appropriate support is at the heart of a new Forest School officially opened in Doncaster by Dame Rosie Winterton. The Forest School, on the site of Doncaster Deaf Trust, was made possible thanks to a donation from the Tesco Bags of Help fund. Bobbie Robert’s our chair of trustees said: “We are thrilled with our new Forest School. We were honoured that Dame Rosie Winterton came to officially open this wonderful outdoor space for us and that Mayor Ros Jones came along to the ceremony along with other invited guests. “The £12,000 donation from Tesco Bag’s of Help enabled us to create this new outdoor learning space and we are extremely grateful to every Tesco customer who voted for us and to Tesco for creating this fund from the 5p carrier bag charge to benefit local charities.” The Forest School approach to learning in the outdoors is rooted firmly in the key education theorists who place the child at the centre of their own learning with an emphasis on the importance of children being able to explore the world in the richest classroom available – the outdoors. Kelly Severn from Little Learners Day Nursery, who are running the Forest School in conjunction with Doncaster School for the Deaf said: “The unique educational experience and process that a Forest School offers gives children the opportunity to succeed and develop confidence through hands on learning experiences in a natural woodland environment. “Our children will be able to take part in lots of outdoor activities at the Forest School including bug hunting, making potions and dens and learning to use tools.” The Forest School area will also be available to hire so that other schools from the local area can benefit from this space.