Bio-diversity was the topic of our workshop today, which was hosted by the fantastic, eco-friendly, Amberley Primary School!
As eager as we were to get going, we first needed to know…what exactly is Bio-Diversity ?
TICE’s primary facilitator Lottie Maddison talked to the group about the topic, breaking down the term and using lots of visual, interactive examples. Everyone took part to the discussion and made an excellent contribution!
Lots of creative DIY gardening solutions were introduced, we looked at fun craft based garden projects, bug hotels, worm carpets and hedgehog houses, all made out of up-cycled, free and accessible resources.
By the end of the presentation, the eco-warriors in year 2 knew what they could do to help conserve biodiversity and, most importantly, why it is so important.
After break the real fun began, the children were divided into five groups:
- The Hedgehogs
- The Robins
- The Sunflowers
- The Ladybirds
- The Tadpoles
Each group completed five different tasks in rotation. All tasks focused on conserving bio diversity in a creative, engaging way and underpinned and linked back to the morning’s presentation and discussion.
The outdoor task: was our Mini Beast hunt! The eco-warriors wrapped up and braved the cold to explore the school’s garden. The objective was to locate different life forms, plants, insects, animals and signs of animal/insect activity. The children carefully recorded their findings and discussed as a group what they would like to add to the garden to attract even more wild life.
The indoor tasks:
- Cheerio Bird feeders
- ‘Hair Raising’ cress experiment
with a supporting story about the life cycle of a sunflower – explaining how seeds grow
- Ladybird pebbles
with a story about lady-birds, explaining why they are a gardeners best friend
- Biodiversity typography collage
Each group member (12 in total) picked a letter from an envelope and made the letter shape using natural materials (collected in the garden) each group had to guess what word the letters spelt (BIODIVERSITY)
Once these tasks were completed, each group created a proposal. They suggested things they would like to improve in the school garden and new things they would like to add. There were no shortages of suggestions and the eco-warriors were over-brimming with creative ideas!
The proposals were submitted, everyone started to pack up and Lottie and Phillipa slipped out to judge the winning group. This really wasn’t easy, every group had taken so much on board during the day, and it was clear they had absorbed a lot of information!
Eventually they came to a decision… and the winners were…
The Hedgehogs received a £25 Gardening Centre voucher that would contribute towards their proposed ideas.
Lastly, it was important that everyone went home with a momento of the day. Each member of year 2 received a little envelope, inside the envelope were two sunflower seeds, sowing instructions and a little bit of information on how growing sunflowers contributes to the conservation of biodiversity.
The day was a huge success, the children were stars! and we are confident they learnt a lot about bio-diversity and the benefits of being environmentally friendly!
A big thank you to Amberley Primary School from the TICE Team!