Teachers encouraged to get pupils out of the classroom and in to nature
Since the start of the academic year more than 700 school children from all over the Central Belt have had a wild experience at the RSPB Scotland Loch Leven reserve near Kinross.
Now, with snow drops having given way to a spring symphony of birdsong and the weather warming, RSPB Scotland are challenging teachers to get their pupils outside the classroom and give them the chance to experience a nature reserve “spring” in to life.
Craig Leitch, RSPB Scotland Community Learning Officer, said: “RSPB Scotland Loch Leven is a fantastic place to bring learning to life with spring and summer probably our busiest times for spotting wildlife. Pupils can get a hands-on experience of nature and see Scottish animals up-close in their natural habitat, whilst surrounded by one of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Our sessions create special memories, meet learning outcome and experiences, as well as providing all the mental and physical health benefits that come from being outside.”
A recent survey of 200 teachers and 1200 school children from around the UK revealed that 96% teachers believed it was important for children to experience nature at school, while 77% of pupils agreed.
RSPB Scotland Loch Leven’s minibeast, pond dipping and bird watching programmes provide that opportunity for local schools. The reserve boasts a varied outdoor learning space with woodland and wetland trails top explore, dipping platforms, bird watching hides and indoor lunch and toilet facilities.
Following a recent visit, Karen Wilson, a P2 teacher from Viewlands Primary School in Perth said: “We had a fabulous, informative and active day. The children were very enthusiastic and engaged from beginning to end”.
RSPB Scotland Loch Leven have now opened their bookings calendar for the spring and summer terms. Teachers wishing to find more information or to book your class, should phone 01577 862355 or visit rspb.org.uk/lochlevenschoolvisits
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