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Ecology Explorers

From the smallest bug to the largest tree, EVERYTHING is connected.

Children will learn to read the invisible connections between the living things around them, using their observations and ideas to fuel the answers to their own questions about how ecosystems function. They will go on a journey to a wild space where they will discover concepts including; producers & consumers, predator-prey relationships, food chains & webs, photosynthesis, plant and animal life-cycles from the forest floor to the highest tree tops.

Children will be invited to notice patterns and relationships in nature, to learn about nature’s processes, to identify common trees and plants and to make discoveries for themselves which will become part of their very own Nature Museum. Through roleplay they will gain empathy for living things around them as they experience what happens when our ecosystems come under attack.

Children will also learn:

Investigation

To investigate habitats, categorise animals and use keys to identify plants & trees.

Animal Identification

To identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Observation

To observe plants and animals closely, using simple equipment.

Life

To know the difference between living, dead and never been alive.

Roleplay

To express their ideas and emotions through roleplay.

Environmental impact

To understand and consider the impact of their actions on their environment.

This session can be adapted to a range of habitats depending on your school’s local area. We can host an Ecology Explorers session in woodland, meadow, farmland, moorland and coast. Ask us about bringing this workshop to a wild space near you or come to us at one of our fantastic outdoors venues.
Get in touch with us to book your Ecology Explorers session today.

LINKING TO THE NEW WELSH CURRICULUM

You can be sure that our Wild Curriculum sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

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Take the first step toward giving your class an immersive outdoor learning experience. Come to our natural space that will inspire, motivate and educate. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.

The hour workshop you delivered where you encouraged us to take off our shoes to ground ourselves, and take time to see and appreciate things in their natural environment has had a huge impact on my personal wellbeing. I left the session feeling calmer and more relaxed than I had in a long time. In the weeks that followed, I began to take off my shoes and walk slowly across the grass before and after school, and felt that it was enabling me to start the day in a better way.

The strategies you shared reminded me very much of my own childhood and the upbringing that I was fortunate enough to have. It reinforced how crucial these experiences are to share with the children we teach.

I am very much looking forward to developing outdoor learning experiences this year, and would like to thank you and James for the time you spent, and the many strategies and ideas you shared.

Thank you once again!

Siân Beynon

Teacher at Birchgrove Primary School
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