Wildlife lesson tips for Sheffield teachers

Members of Sheffield and Rotherham wildlife trust with new equipment funded by Lottery cash
Members of Sheffield and Rotherham wildlife trust with new equipment funded by Lottery cash

Teachers turned to the great outdoors for inspiration for lessons over the next school year.

A wild event at Grenoside Community Primary School saw teachers from around Sheffield gather in the sunshine to dust off their outdoor learning skills at the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s Teach Wild! Family and Friends’ Day.

“It was an excellent day to get teachers motivated,” said one primary teacher, “There were loads of practical ideas for lessons, and even ideas for school trips.”

There was opportunity for teachers to make their own artist’s charcoal, have a go at a citizen science project, and pick up simple tips to engage pupils in exploration of maths, literacy and other subjects outside the classroom. They also had an exclusive preview of the Wildlife Trust’s new wildlife film-making kit for schools, which will launch soon.

“We’re on a mission to connect more children with nature and we want to help teachers embrace the potential of outdoor learning,” said Jane Campbell, SRWT’s Outdoor Learning Development Officer.

“Autumn is a really great time of year to explore seasonal change. We hope that our sessions inspire and help teachers bring this magical season alive for children in new and exciting ways.”

“Our schools workshops at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods are great for visits at this time of year, when the woods have a particularly enchanted feel,” said Isabel Shepherd, SRWT’s Outdoor Learning Officer.

“Children love warming their toes by our campfire, and we have cosy, well-equipped indoor facilities for classes to carry on the learning when the weather is really chilly.”

SRWT offers a range of workshops for schools across Sheffield and Rotherham, including the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods. These workshops, which support cross-curricular learning across the updated national curriculum, include: Mini-Beast Safari, Nature’s Craft Kit, Nighttime Creatures, Super Seasons, Seeds to Trees, Living Ponds, Local History, Tribal Survival, Academy of Danger, Adventurous Outdoors and Wildlife Filmmaking.