PUPILS from Fairview Primary School in Ballyclare have been getting out of the classroom and learning about the world around them as part of the Forest Schools initiative.
Forest Schools encourages teachers and pupils to make more use of their local parks and green spaces by taking part in a 12-week learning programme in a council-owned green space within walking distance of their school.
Fairview Primary have been involved in the Forest Schools programme for a number of years and regularly use the Six Mile Water Park as an outdoor classroom. The conservation area behind the duck pond in the park is a tangled, overgrown, mysterious looking area. It is a haven for wildlife and now an important learning resource for local schoolchildren as well.
P6 pupils currently take part in Forest Schools, but the school recently decided to implement a buddy system which allowed P6 pupils to team up with younger children from P2 and introduce them to the sights and sounds of the conservation area, giving them a flavour of the Forest Schools programme.