Shropshire-based education charity reveals new programme of live nature lessons

A Shropshire-based outdoor education charity is helping to brighten up home-schooling for primary pupils and their parents with a new and exciting programme of live nature lessons.

Field Studies Council is helping to brighten up home-schooling for primary pupils and their parents with a new and exciting programme of live nature lessons
Field Studies Council is helping to brighten up home-schooling for primary pupils and their parents with a new and exciting programme of live nature lessons

Starting on February 2, the #PrimaryNatureLive programme by the Field Studies Council will encourage children to get outside and explore their local wildlife, learn about the environment and discover the secrets to building an outdoor shelter.

There will be five lessons in total and all sessions will be broadcast on the FSC YouTube channel at 10.30am and run for approximately 40 minutes.

The schedule includes 'What to do on a walk' on February 2.

The team at FSC Flatford Mill in Suffolk will teach children how to identify trees and figure out their height in a fun way.

They will also introduce them to the ‘meet a tree’ game and provide details of an immersive ‘sit spot’ activity.

Brilliant Birds will follow on February 4 when tutors from FSC Juniper Hall in Surrey will lead a lesson all about garden birds.

Further sessions include A Peep at Ponds on February 9, taking place from the grounds of FSC Preston Montford and will teach children how to pond dip and identify different water creatures.

Wild Skills will be on February 11 and More things to do on a walk on February 23.

Interest

The Nature Live lessons are aimed at KS1 and KS2 primary pupils and they follow on from the successful #FieldworkLive programme of lessons which were delivered by FSC tutors during the first national lockdown.

Simon Ward, FSC head of group (East), said interest in the FSC’s last programme of live lessons was remarkable with more than 370,000 pupils worldwide tuning in to take part.

He said: “We wanted to continue to offer our support to pupils, parents and teachers who are all working extremely hard at home in challenging circumstances.

“It’s not easy for anyone at the moment but we hope this new programme of live lessons will provide some fun, interactive sessions for pupils to have a go at.

“It’s a chance to do something a bit different and encourage children to get outdoors when they can to learn about the natural world which surrounds them.

“There are plenty of activities which the children will find fun and many of them can be enjoyed by the whole family.

“We’re confident they will prove just as popular as the first programme of lessons we delivered last year and we’re really looking forward to delivering them.”

Each lesson is accompanied with a set of resources and worksheets as well as how-to-guides.

Parents, teachers and children can receive these in advance of the lessons.

To find out more and to sign up for the resources, visit field-studies-council.org/primarynaturelive

To access the FSC YouTube channel visit youtube.com/user/FieldStudiesCouncil

Pupils are encouraged to share their work with FSC tutors on Twitter using the hashtag #PrimaryNatureLive and by tagging @FieldStudiesC.

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