Early Years Outdoor Classroom Project
We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum became statutory in September 2008 and places strong emphasis on the importance and value of daily outdoor experiences for children’s learning and development. In recent years there has been a cultural shift in our society that has reduced the access and use of outdoors for many young children. Contributory factors include increased fear amongst adults in relation to children’s safety and technological advances leading to an overwhelming prominence of more sedentary indoor activities.
Learning outside the classroom:-
supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being
gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as contact with the weather and the seasons
helps children to understand, value and respect nature, and the environment
supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness
is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement.
Young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.
For many children, playing outdoors at their early years setting may be the only opportunity they have to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situation.
We are very lucky here at DAPS as we have a stunning outdoor environment that includes a Forest School, wildlife pond area and produce gardens but we need to create a safe, designated outdoor space for our reception class children now that Elm Class has moved to the new building. Items needed include an awning, safe surfacing and storage sheds. The total cost of the project is in the region of £30,000.
Please contact Michele Morris at the school if you would like to be involved in this exciting project. We welcome your contribution be it volunteering, donation of materials or a cash pledge.
We hope that with the kind support from our community our plans to enhance our nurturing provision come to fruition for the future generations of DAPS and we warmly thank you for being a part of our journey.
Please contact: Michele Morris Tel: 01380 813373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Help Our School
With each passing year, funding for schools has stagnated or decreased while the cost of everything has increased. At Dauntsey Academy Primary School we have always aimed to provide the best quality education money can buy and we are fortunate that we have such an established, hard-working and dedicated team. We have also maintained the principles of best value and best practise when it comes to resources and facility management. Traditionally the school has mainly fundraised through POD (People Of Daps), but in this current economic climate we must reach out to the wider community for support. As a registered charity there are various options for supporting and donations by individuals are tax free – this is called tax relief. How this works depends on whether you donate:
through Gift Aid (https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid)
straight from your wages or pension (https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/donating-straight-from-your-wages-or-pension)
land, property or shares (https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/donating-land-property-or-shares)
This also applies to sole traders and partnerships. There are different rules for limited companies (https://www.gov.uk/tax-limited-company-gives-to-charity)
All you need to do is to decide how much you would like to donate and how often using the form below. Forward it to your bank and complete a Gift Aid form. You can of course contribute by cash and we will endeavour to collect Gift Aid on these contributions too, providing you keep a personal record of your annual donations. If you pay tax at 40%, you can claim back extra tax relief.