EXTENDING OUTDOOR LEARNING AT ST MARGARET'S PREPARATORY SCHOOL IN CALNE
PUBLISHED: 17:56 07 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 20 February 2013
During this year, children at St Margaret's Preparatory School in Calne have been developing a wildlife garden in the grounds of their school.<br/><br/>St Margaret's established an Eco Committee in October 2008
During this year, children at St Margarets Preparatory School in Calne have been developing a wildlife garden in the grounds of their school.
St Margarets established an Eco Committee in October 2008 which brought children, parents and staff together to help raise awareness of environmental issues. One project that has captured the imagination of everyone is the creation of a wildlife garden. Initially, the children asked the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to visit the school to advise how best to develop the area to create interest for them, but more importantly, to provide a safe environment for animals, insects and creatures.
Wherever possible, recycled materials are being used to create areas of interest. The children have already made log piles and stone piles and have worked very hard on designing and creating a path made from branches and wood chip made from trees in the school grounds. The next stage is to create more habitats hedgehog houses, bug hotels and even a slow worm hibernaculum! Two circular seating areas are being created using recycled logs and a willow tepee will be introduced which will enable lessons to take place outside. Following an audit of the native trees, hedging and plants, the children will be crafting identification labels using recycled materials such as wood, slate and stone.
Karen Cordon, Headmistress of St Margarets, said The wildlife garden will give the children opportunities to further explore mini-beasts and habitats, as well as promoting their environmental awareness. It is a wonderful project for the whole school to be involved in and to watch evolve over the seasons.
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