… to do before I leave Wessex Primary School
This is a fun challenge for all the children. The reason behind this is based on research that the National Trust carried out in 2012 entitled “Natural Childhood” which highlighted how today’s children are losing touch with the natural world and the long term effect this can have on a child’s education and health. It found that fewer than 1 in 10 children play regularly in wild places and that time spent playing in parks, woods and fields had reduced dramatically due to digital technology, lack of time and green spaces and also parental fears. Then in February 2016, a two-year study funded by the government found 1 in 9 children in England have not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least 12 months.
Our teachers have spent a long time discussing what the 60 Things to do should be. We have tried to include a range of activities that include outdoor experiences, arts and crafts, life skills, social activities, cultural experiences and many more.
At school we will be encouraging the children to complete the first 20 things whilst they are in FS2, Y1 and Y2. The next 20 in Y3 and Y4 and finally the last 20 whilst in Y5 and Y6.
Your child will be given their own booklet of 60 Things to do and a special book to record all their different experiences which they will keep as a log of their journey through Wessex. In the last week of each half term the class teachers will be asking the children to bring in any evidence of what they have been doing at home. This could be in the form of photos, leaflets, art work and written work such as labels and captions, diary entries or recounts of the activities. The children will then share what they have done with their teachers at the end of every half term. We will be asking the children to bring in board games to play for an afternoon session whilst the teacher spends time with each child finding out what they have been up to at home. They will then stick the evidence in their books and tick off in their booklets what they have achieved. These books and booklets will be kept in school but you will be able to look through them at parents evening and the Learning Journey event in the summer term.