Sharing good practice was the order of the day as everyone gave a short presentation on the changes they had made within their schools grounds following the training given on day one where participants had undertaken a range of activities including soil and water testing, investigating ecological layers and making homes for nature.
All of the schools were able to demonstrate that they had made significant changes to their outdoor areas, which will allow children to enjoy more opportunities to learn about nature.
The second day provided further time to consider how sustainably managing our natural resources and caring for the environment can be used to deliver the Welsh curriculum as the teachers had a go at a range of activities which will be available shortly on Natural Resources Wales website. Two of the activities used on the day were Carbon Footprint which encourages understanding about how trees store carbon and Long Lasting Litter which investigates how long it takes for waste and litter to break down.
These activities involved numeracy and literacy skills as well as encouraging collaboration and communication.
Teachers said “The range of activities give teachers confidence in both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2” as well as “Great training delivered in a fun and informative style.”
The course, Developing Your Natural Resources for Learning was delivered by Natural Resources Wales Education, Learning and Skills staff in partnership with Techniquest as part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programme and is also being delivered in North Wales.
These training opportunities are part of Welsh Government’s continuous professional development plan for educators.