Pupils from Samuel Barlow Primary School, Clipstone, enjoyed a day’s activities deep in the heart of Sherwood, in the historically important Birklands Forest, Edwinstowe, thanks to the Friends of Thynghowe’s Lottery Funded project: Thynghowe and the Forgotten Heritage of Sherwood.
The visit, organised by the Greenwood Community Forest Team and led by the Forestry Commission, is part of an 18 month project aimed at conserving and enhancing Birklands Forest and the Viking meeting place “Thynghowe”.
The pupils aged 8 – 11 years old spent the day learning about maths in the forest by applying skills learned in the classroom to solve practical problems. Activities included mapping and measuring as well as dating trees.
The project, which runs for 18 months, aims to get local people, groups and schools to uncover, map and document features in the forest. Light imaging, Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) has already taken place as part of the project and now the Friends of Thynghowe want to find out more. Part of the activity involved visiting a saw pit to take measurements and photograph findings. All data will be used to map features in the forest and archived for future generations as part of the project.
Three other schools in the area will take part and all completed work and photographs will be displayed at the final celebration event, “A Viking Spring Thing” at Sherwood Pines in May 2013.
Steve Horne, one of the project managers said: “It was an excellent day in the Forest with a great group of youngsters from Samuel Barlow School. They all did some archaeological detective work, tree maths, photography and art. One of the best bits was the kids playing in the woods at lunchtime - that should be a compulsory part of the curriculum! ”
Paula Dunn, teacher at Samuel Barlow Primary School, said: “It was great to get out into the forest to transfer skills learnt in the classroom. The children really enjoyed solving problems and applying maths in the forest. This is one of our priorities to apply maths in the environment. We will be carrying on with this project in school and produce a DVD and display of the day.”
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