Kernow Learning has been awarded funding from The Royal Society Partnership Grant Scheme to undertake a project that investigates biodiversity with a view to mapping out ways to enhance and protect it for the future. The project will run from April 2021 - December 2021.
We are incredibly lucky to have Anglia Ruskin University and Eden Project Learning working with us as the STEM partners. This project provides the year 4 students from participating schools with a unique opportunity to acquire skills of scientific enquiry and to really bring science lessons to life, laying foundations for a lifetime of being curious, enjoying science lessons and feeling confident about learning outside for a large proportion of the school day.
The participating schools are:
- Charlestown Primary School
- Beacon ACE Academy
- Upton Cross ACE Academy
- Foxhole Learning Academy.
Schools will be paired with a MSc Sustainability student who will work with them remotely to gather, record and map out data in the wild area at the Eden Project and in the three different habitats across the school grounds (coastal, rural and urban).
Through participating on this project, children will get hands-on experience of conducting a scientific enquiry, learn about the world around them, their natural heritage and why preserving biodiversity is so important.
The lead school is Charlestown Primary School. Headteacher, Mark Clutsom, said:
"We passionately believe in outdoor learning, including biodiversity. Projects which are in the planning stages (such as micro-propagation) will be run at school, in order to enrich our children's scientific understanding, create green entrepreneurs and excite them about the roles which exist currently in the field of biodiversity."
"Primary school children are inherently passionate about the environment, and living as close to the beach as we do, we have a unique opportunity to develop real learning opportunities which ignite their aspirations and encourage them to make a difference both now and in the future as they become adults."
Dr Mark Nason, Academic Lead for Eden Project Learning, said:
"As we approach the launch in June of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, there is nothing more important than inspiring younger members of #GenerationRestoration to understand, care for, and enhance biodiversity. Partnering with Kernow Learning to team our MSc students with Year 4 pupils is a great way to share our passion for biodiversity – I’m sure that our students will learn as much as the pupils from this opportunity."
Dr Alison Greig, Director of Education for Sustainability at Anglia Ruskin University, said:
“Our students are looking forward to being involved in this project. It provides an exciting opportunity to capture young people’s curiosity and interest in their local natural environment and to help them make the link between this environment and their sustainable future.“
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