A DAY IN THE GULLY
Each day in the Gully will be different from the last.
We can create, cook, climb, potter, build, explore, jump, swing, run, roll...the list goes on.
There are many loose parts for children to create, problem-solve, co-operate, invent....open-ended pieces that give a never-ending source of play for children.
Children will get the chance to interact with calm farm animals and harvest fruits and vegetables from the earth giving them an understanding of where their food comes from.
We are open one day a week (rain or shine) on Fridays and will be looking at doing some holiday programs also.
Our days start at 9.00 and finish at 3:00.
Develop. Grow. Succeed.
By creating a warm, consistent, and welcoming environment, The Gully Nature School helps to foster the confidence and curiosity of our students while preparing them for their future. Each day is enriched with hands-on experiences, providing ample opportunities for tamariki to learn at their own pace.
Papatuanuku gives us many gifts to use when learning in the forest. Children will see how they can use these treasures to create props for their play or special taonga to take away with them.
HUTS AND MUD KITCHEN
Simple areas are dotted throughout the forest giving children space to work on the serious business of play.
ALL WEATHER ACTIVITIES
This means that we are outside in all weather. Children need to come prepared with wet weather gear, gumboots, and a change of clothes. If children are warm and dry, they will enjoy being out in the elements a lot more. Being outside in all weather helps children to build resilience for those days in life where the sun doesn't shine.
Children will learn to light and maintain fires for warmth and cooking purposes. Each day we will cook something to eat and share over the fire. This experience teaches children how to take risks and make good decisions when risk is involved.
A range of tools will be available for children to use - knives, hammers, saws to name a few. They are taught how to use, care for and store the tools in a safe way with supervision before building up to using tools independently during their day.