Nature Detectives: Developing a whole school approach
Last year's new initiative: ‘Nature Detective’ was absolutely fantastic and we took advantage of our great outdoor area that was perfect for children to go out and explore, have fun and learn about nature.
We are looking forward to children and staff embedding this inaitive even further into their EPIC curriculum throughout this year.
What is Nature Detectives and why is it important to us?
Our ‘Nature Detective’ initiative is an inspirational learning concept that provides learning opportunities through practical activities in an outdoor environment. Children enjoy the freedom to explore and experience the natural world in all seasons and in all weathers. Nature Detective embraces an approach of nurturing, supporting and developing the self-esteem of participants. It is an ideal environment in which to develop innovation, problem solving, risk taking, creativity and teamwork.
Nature Detective sessions will be planned by Miss Burgin and Mrs Fretwell to ensure that children are meeting objectives from their EPIC curriculum. The sessions will be led by Mrs Fretwell, the class teacher and the class teaching assistant. The sessions are inclusive and planned to allow all pupils to participate fully. The safety and welfare of the pupils participating in the sessions is paramount and therefore all tasks are age-appropriate and risk assessments have been carried out.
See some examples of the children's learning experiences in and about nature below:
Year 3: The Robins
Year 3 are currently taking part in the nature detective sessions. Their learning is based around the book 'Coming Home - Michael Morpurgo' that the children are currently studying in class sessions too. A lot of their outdoor experiences are exploring the life of a robin. The children have discovered new and interesting facts about robins along with delving deeper into understanding how robins survive harsh winters. What food will they get? How will they survive the cold?
Year 3 have been working hard to help the robins by creating nests for them and even creating their own bird feeders to ensure that robins survive this winter.
Year 5: The Pond
Year 5 worked really hard to create a beautiful pond.
Mrs Fretwell and Miss Fretwell also came into school in the half term holidays to complete the finishing touches. Thank you!
Year 5's objective was to study the life cycle of an animal.
Therefore we decided to create our very own Whiston J & I pond where Year 5 could observe the life cycle of a tadpole. This pond will also be great for lots of other activities with all the children in school.