The Wildlife Trusts are very lucky to receive generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. People's Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery in Great Britain where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes whilst raising money for charities.

Thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Wildlife Trusts are inspiring and connecting people to nature through precious species and wild places, provide thousands of children of all ages with opportunities to spend time in nature through a series of Forest School and outdoor learning activities and will stand up for and defend wild places when they face significant threat.

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Since 2015, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust has worked with nearly 1,200 children in Leicester, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. With the help of funding, the Trust has been able to provide children from ages 2 to 16 with the opportunity to learn about and experience nature in ways that simply weren’t possible before.

We have worked with 26 groups of primary school children. Teachers say that Forest School helps with regulating emotions, communication, listening and physical skills; boosting confidence, becoming more independent and building friendships:

  •  "“A" was always excited and Forest School has helped him to regulate his emotions and be able to communicate his feelings maturely.”
  • “Forest School has really helped "E’s" confidence and she is now more likely to share her opinions and ideas.”"
  • “C" got to be a lot more independent and less adult led than he is at school and this   really impacted positively on him.”
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Our Wild Tots sessions have been encouraging parents and their young children to spend more time outside together:

“I think this group is amazing. Every week we are having so much fun. Thank you for having us.”

“[My son] has started communicating much better. He is comfortable with his surrounding and experimenting [with] things around him.”

 

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21 teachers from 17 Leicester primary schools took part in our outdoor numeracy and literacy training sessions in 2017. 80% of teachers strongly agreed that the sessions had inspired them to use the outdoors for learning more frequently. Positive comments included:

“Imaginative, creative ideas for both literacy and maths – adaptable for all ages.”

“Fantastic ideas that are easy to resource but rich in learning that is directly linked to the curriculum.”