Most pupils will understand/be able to:
- The need for safe and sensible behaviour, especially using tools, and responding to instructions
- Listening skills, co-operation and trust; and understand that these are important during group activities
- Recognise the contribution made by themselves and others during the activity
- There is a variety of plants and wildlife in the local environment
- The principles of conservation
- The experience of success, a sense of achievement in responding to challenge
Some pupils will have the opportunity to:
- Recognise effective teamwork and how it can be applied elsewhere
- Describe different types of habitats
- Be able to recognise and give an example of a food chain
- Understand energy transfers in a woodland ecosystem
- Explain a biomass pyramid in a woodland ecosystem
- Appreciate that actions taken now affect future environmental quality
- Understand the importance of looking after an area (Stewardship)
Biodiversity, Biomass, Brashing, Competition, Care/look after, Conservation, Eco-pile, Environment, Food Chain/Web, Future, Habitat, Habitat Stack, John Muir Award, Land Use, Organism, Pressure, ‘Think global, act local’.
Recognise the importance of sustainability; earth
Environmental interaction Design and technology: plan and organise activities
Work in groups, different roles and responsibilities; participate in citizenship activities. This activity forms an integral part of the John Muir Award
Half a day
Woodlands around Hagg Farm and/or the Hagg Farm Wildlife Garden. Various other local areas in the vicinity of Fairholmes Ranger centre.
Session can be led by a member of visiting teaching staff, with a current first aid qualification. A National Park Ranger may also lead this activity.
Conservation sheets, John Muir Award handbooks.
Health and safety
Appropriate clothing and footwear required. Cover cuts with a waterproof plaster; wash hands after activity; care for, use and return equipment/tools in good clean state. Safety pack (with first aid kit, emergency shelter etc), mobile phone, tools and any personal medication (inhalers etc). Risk assessment no.12. Pupil ratio 1:12
- Indoor discussion: conservation issues and care of wildlife. What do the students expect from the activity? Theme of ‘Think global: act local’, students contributing to looking after the environment. Discussion re how the activity contributes to the John Muir Award, if appropriate.
- Discussion of teamwork, involvement and leadership.
- Appropriate personal protective equipment issued (incl. gloves and goggles).
- Teacher gives full safety briefing on use and carrying of tools (secateurs, loppers, bow saws, rakes) and supervises very carefully during the activity.
- Outdoors: brashing, clearance and construction of habitat stacks/eco piles.
- Clearance of debris in the wildlife garden.
- Have learning outcomes above, been met? Has the goal been achieved?
- Discussion on conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, teamwork, cooperation, etc.
- John Muir Award diaries, if appropriate.