John Muir Award
Over a period of 4 months Class 2 worked hard to achieve the John Muir Discovery Award.
As part of our award we stayed in Privett for 2 days, visited the Queen Elizabeth Country Park and The Hawk Conservancy. We had a great time and had the extra challenge of a power cut on the first night!
To gain the John Muir Award we had to complete 4 days of activities, covering 4 different challenges.
Challenge 1 and 2 Discover and Explore:
We spent a lot of time discovering and exploring a variety of wild places local to us. We completed nature and bird hunts in the Nature Station, we visited the Queen Elizabeth Park building dens, producing nature art and we even had a blindfolded walk ! We also visited the Hawk Conservancy where we learned about native (to the South Downs) and non-native birds. During our open day we learned about becoming a mini ranger too. (Click on the relevant words to see photos.)
Challenge 3 Conserve:
We were lucky enough to be invited by the South Downs National Park to take part in the introduction of water voles to the Meon Valley. We spent a fantastic morning learning all about the water voles and then helping to feed them in their new top secret homes. We learned so much and are very grateful for this once in a lifetime experience. We were also involved in helping to rescue Robbie The Robin by releasing him into the Nature Station.
Challenge 4 Share:
Throughout our challenges we have collected information about John Muir and his beliefs about Conservation. We have developed an understanding of the importance of Conservation and hope to use this understanding to further develop the Nature Station. We have produced a display for our school library about what we understand Conservation means. We have written poetry, letters and have shared our work with parents, school friends and other visitors to the school.
The children and staff involved in this project really enjoyed having a reason and a focus for being outside. We hope to complete the John Muir Award again in school.