Children’s Wood AGM

Join us for our AGM and after-party on 1st May from 7pm, with the agenda here.

AGM

Friday playgroup

Come along and join us for learning and fun. It starts this Friday (24th April) It’s free!

Playgroup

Community-created resource launched to meet outdoor education policies

Launch

A resource pack, inspired by Julia Donaldson’s books and Tam Dean Burn’s Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge helps teachers lead outdoor learning activities

The Children’s Wood launches an innovative outdoor learning pack on April 23rd, to meet the requirements of local council and national outdoor education policies.

This resource pack aims to make outdoor learning more accessible for teachers and schools. The pack links different outdoor activities to Curriculum for Excellence outcomes and is free for schools to download. Each activity is based on a Julia Donaldson book.

This outdoor learning pack is part of the Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge cycle trip that Tam Dean Burn undertook last year, following the Queen’s Baton Relay and throughout the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where Tam read nearly all of Julia Donaldson’s books to children across Scotland.

The learning resource was created by the Children’s Wood Outdoor Education Committee, which includes a number of local teachers.

Julia Donaldson says “I hope teachers and children will be inspired by the Children’s Wood and their educational resources to take time out of the school room and get back to nature. I really believe that children can thrive through learning and playing in an outdoor environment where they and their imaginations can run wild”

Tam Dean Burn says
“I was delighted to be asked a few years ago to read some of Julia Donaldson’s wonderful stories in The Children’s Wood and then to subsequently watch as the meadow area blossomed as a thriving, much-loved community resource. Little did I think it would lead to my family travelling all over Scotland following the Queen’s Baton Relay and across Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games reading all of Julia’s books and singing her songs to thousands of children along the way. This Education Pack is a fitting legacy to that momentous time and will strengthen the roots of the flourishing Children’s Wood and its important work within the local area and beyond”

Susie Marshall speaking on behalf of the Children’s Wood education committee said
“Through this pack we hope to inspire and support teachers in using stories and the outdoors for children to experience the curriculum in an innovative way.”

The Children’s Wood and Meadow is a three-acre site in Glasgow’s Maryhill, an urban area of deep inequalities. The Children’s Wood project is a grassroots community initiative that uses the site to get children and families outside into nature, connecting with their local community, to improve learning, health and well-being.

Volunteers engage with 14 local schools and thousands of local people, meeting the City’s outdoor learning agenda for free, by running events and making educational resources.

The group continues to contribute educational values

Emily Cutts, chair of the Children’s Wood comments

“We hope this pack will not only get our community outside more, but help to inspire schools and teachers in other areas of the country to use their local greenspace for outdoor learning and fun. These resources are not specific to this site but can be used anywhere”

“We know that when people have a greenspace within 5 minutes walking distance they are more likely to use it – compared to when it’s 10 minutes away.”

The Children’s Wood group hopes that the pack will increase the chances of classes taking learning outdoors and to see that all aspects of the curriculum can be taught outdoors.

Campaign development

The group has recently received news that developers have resubmitted a planning application to build 90 high-end flats on the land, placing the charity’s work at risk.

Stephen Greenland Secretary for the Children’s Wood says:

“It is testament to the group’s dedication that it is still able to deliver these resources in line with the curriculum for excellence despite the continued threat of council action to sell this invaluable greenspace which will devastate this positive community initiative.”

The benefit of this pack for teachers and schools

Easy to use

Handy tick sheet with Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes

Activities for nursery and primary aged children

Increase of confidence in schools and children to get outside

Links school and the community greenspace, preparation can be done in the school before hand to extend the learning.

Meet local and government targets for learning and teaching

Planning Application to build on North Kelvin Meadow and Children’s Wood

We understand that the planning application previously submitted by New City Vision in 2012 has been resubmitted with the relevant changes, such as an environmental impact survey and other updates.

Once we have more information about how to object and the next steps we’ll post information on the website and our Facebook page. You can have a look at the application here and the updates dated March 2015

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=M3USXQEX0FS00

Friday Playgroup Sessions

Supported by Conservation Volunteers we are pleased to announce a series of playgroup Friday playgroup sessions throughout 2015, 12-2 pm:

  • Friday 24th April
  • Friday 8th May
  • Friday 22nd May
  • Friday 5th June
  • Friday 19th June
  • Friday 14th August
  • Friday 28th August
  • Friday 11th September
  • Friday 25th September
  • Friday 9th October

 

Memories of North Kelvin Meadow

Do you have any memories of North Kelvin Meadow that you would like to share that might be included in artwork that will go on public display? We have a request from North Kelvin College students for any memories you are able to share:

My name is Julie Linton a 3rd year Visual Arts student studying at Glasgow Kelvin College in Hotspur Street just off Queen Margaret Drive. My year group will be participating in the Glasgow Open House Art Festival 2015  (www.glasgowopenhouse.co.uk from Sat 2nd May to Mon 4thMay. As part of my own investigations and research for this project I am looking at aspects of memories and stories associated with North Kelvin Meadows.  So if you have a tale to tell or memory about ‘the meadow’ and would like to share it with me for potential inclusion in the artwork please contact me.

Perhaps you attended the local school where you played football in the grounds of the meadow.  Or you learned to play tennis.  Whatever you’re thought and memories are of North Kelvin Meadows I would be delighted to hear from you! Remember there are no age restrictions to this request!  So even the kids can join in with any memories they have of the meadow such as looking for fairies or frogs!

I only need a few lines about your memories so please keep it short – postcard size would be great! Could you also include your name, age and date of your memory if you can remember when it happened!

I will be collecting information until Wed 15th April. I will leave a box titled ‘Meadow Memories’ at the Main door entrance at Glasgow Kelvin Campus, 75 Hotspur Street during college hours 8.30 – 4.50pm Mon – Fri where you can drop off your stories for me to collect. Or e-mail me at [firstname][surname]@live.co.uk

Oxfam Poetry Evening – Join us on 24th March at 7.15

Byres Road Poets