Welcome to Woodland Play 2017!
Here you will find what is happening for young children and families at Highbury Orchard Community. There are two groups: Under 5 (Wednesdays at 1:30) and 5-8 (After School Club, Wednesdays at 3:45). The age ranges are only a guideline to following the interests of the children, so others outside the age range are also welcome – including younger and older siblings. Home-educators are welcome at both sessions. The 1:30 group meets at the play area in Highbury Park as usual, and the 3:45 group now meets at the Orchard Brick Floor, from 29th November on. Please just turn up! We charge £3 for the first child, and £2 for a second and third child.
During the Autumn period and beyond, both groups have a HYGGE focus – making our sessions “cosy” Danish style: campfires, hot drinks and snacks, group shelters, cushions and furs, a bit of upcycling – anything that upgrades the feel-good factor really.
From January to October 2017, the younger group was funded by Near Neighbours and was looking at nature through the eyes of different cultures. Many cultures seem to start with a journey story, so we will do the same – exploring maps, walking with a staff, following a trail, setting up a camp and eating outdoors! We listened out to families that know any practices and approaches to nature from a cultural perspective, to help enrich our sessions. Please contact Liz 0n 0121 293 8973
At the same time the After School Club were exploring how animals of the park can survive the colder winter months and ways we can help them do so. We developed a different area of the park to take pleasure in bird spotting and feeding, plus promote bio diversity. And of course followed the callings of those welly booted feet that join us on a Wednesday afternoon! The Club has been funded by the Ernest Cook Trust, November 2016 – October 2017.
The development of our work with families has received funding in 2016- 2017 from the Harry Payne Trust, Ernest Cook Trust and Near Neighbours.