It was the well respected naturalist Sir David Attenborough who once said ‘No one will protect what they do not care about, and no one will care about what they’ve never experienced’. With this quote resonating loudly from the great man, some of our students decided to take matters in their own hands and host a outdoor learning day for local primary school children as it seems increasingly evident that some children are losing touch with nature and the environment. Students passionately felt that this so-called ‘nature deficit disorder’ needed a cure as it is clear an environmentally focussed curriculum can increase achievement and change behaviours amongst participants, but most of all be great fun for all concerned!
We were therefore pleased to welcome 60 key stage 1 children from Moulton Primary School for a day of outdoor learning in the sunshine. Children took part in a range of hands on activities including pond dipping (and newt handling which they all seemed to love!), nature trails, stick witling, story-telling and most importantly toasting tasty marshmallows on a open campfire!
Student leaders Andrew, Natasha and Eleanor worked wonderfully with the children and staff and after the event the class teacher Ms Graham said ‘We had a really fantastic day. Thank you so much to your students for leading it superbly and for showing off their brilliant subject knowledge - the children were fully engaged and threw themselves into every activity’. Senior Lecturer Dr James Littlemore added ‘This is a typical example of the sorts of challenges we like to give our students. The children took part enthusiastically in all the activities which was great to see and it makes me feel proud to see how well our student leaders did – they were a great credit to us as a College’.
So perhaps a cure is as simple as providing a learning experience for young people to better engage with the outside environment. Or maybe it was the toasted marsh mallows?! Well ,if you can see yourself undertaking this kind of challenge, why not get in touch today? We are busy recruiting on our countryside management and sport (outdoor adventure) courses so what are you waiting for?