Nature4Health Club - 2018

"Use the power of nature to boost your wellbeing"

Our club starts on Thursday 22nd February 2018 and will run for 12 weeks until the 14th June 2018.  We are really looking forward to working with some of our families and spending some quality time in the 'great outdoors'.

Team Bleak Hill

22nd February 2018

Today marked the first session at our very own, Nature4Health Club, and what a success it was!  Children and families came together to swap stories, plant tress, make campfire bread and work as a team.

There are 7 families who have committed to attending the club for 12 weeks - we look forward to learning more about nature and getting up close and personal with bugs, birds and everything outdoors!

Team Bleak Hill


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1st March 2018

Week 2 and a tad chilly to say the least - I don't think we've ever encountered weather like this in a long time!  Needless to say, it didn't stop our Nature4Health club from going ahead ....

We started our afternoon with a short Q&A session based on different types of animals and what their footprints look like in the snow / mud.  We then painted different footprint stamps (bear, otter, hedgehog, deer, fox) and printed / pressed them into our scrap books.  This was great fun, particularly comparing the size of a grizzly bears footprint with a hedgehogs footprint!

Our next task was to plant some broad beans, sweet peas and mustard seeds.  This was a lovely task to watch our families take part in, as it generated lots of questions:

  • who will look after it? 
  • where will it be located?
  • how long will it take to germinate?
  • how often do I need to water it?

The final part of our afternoon was spent sampling some homemade pea soup - so tasty, especially with a cob of freshly cut tiger bread!


Team Bleak Hill

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8th March 2018

Week 3 and our Nature4Health families are as enthusiastic as ever!  We started our session with a couple of biscuits and a drink, before heading outside to chat about the jobs ahead of us:

  • Making a bird box
  • Preparing leek & potato soup
  • Covering the edge of the outdoor pond with soil and grass
  • Planting pots of primulas for Mothers Day gifts
  • Discussing seed potatoes 
  • Having fun!

This week the families worked as one big team to tackle the pond job - helping each other and listening to each others ideas / suggestions.  Great to see everybody coming together and enjoying themselves.

The remainder of the jobs were successfully completed in time to sample the freshly made Leek & Potato Soup!  Such a welcomed snack to end another fantastic Nature4Health session.


Team Bleak Hill

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15th March 2018

Week 4 and the Nature4Health team are raring to go!  For once the weather was actually on our side, so without hesitation we pulled our wellies on and headed straight to the polytunnel.

John and Sue started the afternoon with a fantastic group activity - testing our knowledge as to what can / can't go into a compost bin.  This generated alot of discussion and everybody discovered something new.  For example, did you know that the most effective compost bins should be layered?

From here we shared the weekly jobs out and got to work on:

  • Putting bird boxes up
  • Planting tomato seeds
  • Planting onion sets
  • Continuing work on the pond
  • Hammering posts in for the dead hedge within the outdoor classroom 
  • Making blueberry pancakes from scracth!

A couple of children turned their hands to artwork and started to paint - they used some very 'muddy mud' as paint and created faces on a handful of trees within the woodland area.  THEY LOVED IT!  They looked so happy, free and relaxed - exchanging conversations, whilst sharing ideas of what characters to create .... Definitely one for the memory bank!


Team Bleak Hill

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Contact the School

Bleak Hill Primary School

Hamilton Road, Windle, St Helens
Merseyside WA10 6HG

Main Contact: Mr I Wellens

Tel: 01744 678190