We’re excited to share news about an outreach programme from the RSPB and Aldi, to help schools and young people connect with nature.
This exciting partnership allows educators to visit primary schools and early years’ settings across the UK, with the aim of working with teachers and children on outdoors topics.
This FREE initiative is available in a wide range of cities across mainland Britain, with what Topmarks sees as exciting sessions to engage children, beyond the classroom environment.
For early years, these include:
Wild Words – investigating outdoor spaces and animal journeys, collecting natural things, and using ‘wild words’ as prompts for retelling the experience
Habitat Explorer – finding and identifying minibeasts in existing habitats as well as spotting opportunities to create new ones
Sensing the World – discovering your outdoor space with your senses, making a ‘nature’s colours’ collection, creating a piece of wild art full of texture
And for primary children, there’s fun to be had with these sessions:
Wild Words – exploring your school grounds through the eyes of an animal, collecting natural things, and stimulating literacy work with ‘wild words’ we come up with
Giving Nature a Home – helping to map and score your outdoor environment with nature in mind, identifying habitats and looking for potential to create new ones
Bioblitz – hunting for plants and minibeasts under every rock, bush and doormat!
Each visit is free, and the sessions last around 90minutes. Enquire about one coming to your school by clicking here!
And if you’re not lucky enough to live close to where the outreach programme is happening, check the RSPB’s site for more ideas. Find ways to support nature learning such as outdoor activity sheets and resources, a Wild Challenge for kids to get involved with and outreach presentations (PDF and PowerPoint) from their team, to be used by teachers.