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PUBLISHED: 14:24 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010

HORNE Woods Country Park is awash with children this Christmas as they take part in a unique project. Reception and pre-school pupils are finding out that learning, and getting filthy in the process, as part of a new government scheme being tested throug

HORNE Woods Country Park is awash with children this Christmas as they take part in a unique project.

Reception and pre-school pupils are finding out that learning, and getting filthy in the process, as part of a new government scheme being tested throughout Kent.

The Buddying Project encourages outdoor learning by setting tasks while outdoors that are then discussed back in the class room, expanding communication and language skills.

Sarah Holder, Kent County Council cabinet member for children families and education, said: "Some of these children may never have ventured out in the countryside before.

"Even after their first visit you can see how excited they are and this excitement helps fuel their interest in learning, both about the woodland visit and learning in general."

The visits are repeated every three weeks, each time focussing on different aspects of the woods and a range of activities.

Expected to run for three years, 36 pre-schools and primary schools from across the Gravesham area have signed up to take part.

The park is also running other educational programmes, and on Saturday will host a Christmas Tree dressing day with decoration making workshops and an activity trail.


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