Thanks to the vision and benevolence of the late Hugh Kenrick, who had a great passion for birds and wildlife, all Birmingham schools can bid to NAEE for financial support to take their pupils to outdoor centres for hands-on learning opportunities in the natural environment.
NAEE offers school bursaries of up to £400 to cover centre fees and transport costs. All we ask in return is that you write a short piece for our journal Environmental Education about your visit and how it linked to your work in school. Your school will also be given a year’s NAEE membership.
By becoming involved, you can help to equip our young people with the knowledge and understanding they will need as future stewards of our planet.
Bursaries can be used for visits to the 4 Environmental Education Centres shown below, and priority will be given to schools that have limited or no access to green areas on their site.
- Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
- Birmingham Wildlife & Conservation Park www.birmingham.gov.uk/naturecentre
- Mount Pleasant School Farm, Kings Norton www.mountpleasantschoolfarm.com
- Martineau Gardens, Priory Lane, Edgbaston www.martineau-gardens.org.uk
Grant applications will be considered twice yearly, and all applications must be received by the closing dates. Applications for Autumn 2017, Spring & Summer 2018 are now being accepted, and the deadline is Monday July 10th 2017. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org putting Hugh Kenrick Days in the Subject line.
A Selection of Curriculum Possibilities
The visits can be used to cover a range of subjects and projects related to the environment. For example:
Early Years Foundation Stage:
- School visits can cover the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning, particularly Understanding the World and Personal, Social & Emotional Development.
- Outdoor learning also covers the Characteristics of Effective Learning (Playing & Exploring, Active Learning, Creating & Thinking Critically), through sensory, seasonal and problem-solving activities.
- Identifying common plants, parts of plants and flowers, growth, life cycles.
- Living things and their habitats.
- Animals – ‘minibeast’ hunts, pond dipping (emphasising care/respect for other living things), food chains
- Food and farming – at Mount Pleasant School Farm children can find out exactly where their food comes from, Martineau Gardens have plots where they grow organic food crops and at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, pupils can see examples of exotic plants that give us food (e.g. coffee, cocoa and bananas)
- Changing environments and human impacts (both positive and negative).
- Materials – investigating and using natural and human-made materials, links to recycling.
- Rocks and soils.
- Fieldwork and observational skills.
- Exploring the local environment.
- Comparing contrasting environments with the school grounds.
- Finding out about plants and animals from other parts of the world (e.g. rainforest animals at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park).
Primary design and technology:
- Growing food crops and using in healthy recipes.
- Links to plant life cycles and plant parts/functions in science (e.g. the use of leaves, roots/tubers/bulbs, seeds and fruit as food).
- Fieldwork techniques, such as freshwater sampling methods and quadrat/transect sampling.
- Structure and function of living organisms – plants (including photosynthesis, pollination, life cycles) and animals (e.g. invertebrate sampling).
- Evolution and adaptation.
- Studying different ecosystems (such as temperate woodland at Ackers Adventure, rainforests at the Botanical Gardens).
- Using fieldwork in contrasting locations, including map skills.
- Human and physical geography related to a range of landscapes and environments.
- Understanding human impacts (positive and negative) on local and global environments.
- Environmental art and craft activities.
- Environmental and Land Based Science GCSE.
- ‘Forest School’ activities with a focus on the environment.
- Sustainability issues, e.g. growing food locally, developing sustainable communities.
- Local history activities.