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River Skills

Educating and raising awareness of STEM in a river environment.

 We worked with 3 highlighted schools within the Wrexham county to deliver River Skills, this was an innovative 6 week programme aimed at the transition stage of KS2, with diverse cross curricular links & modern teaching strategies to develop understanding of the river environment, STEM skills and ESDGC. This inclusive program challenged each child to work collaboratively, to think critically, and to foster confidence in their own curiosity.  Developed with clear objectives to raise the awareness of river processes, to generate interest in STEM topics and to explore native wildlife, River Skills also promoted water safety whilst inspiring pupils through positive classroom & outdoor learning experiences. Pupils built upon a Science and Geography foundation with the opportunity to grow through group tasks, experiments, practical tasks and field trips their STEM literacy, numeracy and communication, resulting in a full scheme of work pupils could take pride in.


Duration - Each school took part in weekly sessions of 2 hours over a 6 week period, including a field trip to a local river for kick sampling & physical river data collection.

Curriculum links- Science (Biology, physics chemistry) Geography, Maths, English, ESDGC, Curriculum Cymreag.

  • Water cycle & how rivers are formed.
  • Erosion, transportation and deposition.
  • Water Safety and preparing own river risk assessments.
  • Wildlife capture & Identification.
  • Using and understanding a branching key.
  • Animal Classification & the biotic index.
  • Measuring and recording variables of a river environment.
  • Analysing data & presenting in suitable graphs/ tables/ charts.
  • Evaluating class data.
  • Applying knowledge to food chains & habitats.
  • Pollution, waste management & flooding.
  • Presentations and certificates.

 

 

Extracts of Teacher feedback:

 

           

 

 

Pupil feedback:

 

‘I liked using my numbers to make a really good graph’.

 

‘I enjoyed going out of school because we went in the river and learned so much. I liked our experiments, it  was much better than just reading about river life in a book’.

 

‘I really liked the river project and I would love to do it all over again’.

 

 

 


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Celts Outreach

Educating and bringing to life British history

 We engaged with 14 highlighted schools within the Conwy and Gwynedd counties to deliver a Celts Craft and Culture project linked to the KS2 national curriculum. This day long programme encouraged children to take part in different hands on activities to gain a true feel of the daily life of a Celt and of their own Welsh heritage. This inclusive program was delivered through both the medium of Welsh and the English language and challenged each pupil to consider the difference between modern day living and that of our ancient ancestors. The day was developed with clear objectives to include aspects of the Welsh National curriculum. The day is built around the Welsh Celtic legend of the Cylwch and Olwen story where the pupils are dressed in full Celtic costumes, war paint and spiked hair, and asked by the visiting Celt to help search for the long lost chief of the tribe. Activities included legends of the Mabinogion, clay thumb pots making, shield designing, weaving on looms, spear throwing and orienteering using the Celtic ogham alphabet.

Duration - Each school took part in a full day’s activities encompassing both the indoors and outdoors. 9:45-3pm

Curriculum links - History, Science, D&T, Literacy, Art & Design, Geography

ESDGC

  • Dressing up as Celts using authentic tunics and shawls.
  • Using face paint and hair gel to become true fierce Celts.
  • Looking at and having the opportunity to hold Celtic artefacts and gain insight into how they were made and used.
  • Designing a shield using Celtic artwork as inspiration including lines of symmetry.
  • Using a hand spindle to turn sheep wool into yarn ready for weaving.
  • Making new material on wooden looms in readiness to be sewn onto clothing.
  • Making a traditional thumb pot from air drying clay to keep most treasured belongings in.
  • Exploring letters used in the Ogham alphabet on a trail leading into battle training
  • Warrior training – a spear throwing contest using long sticks for target practice to perfect their aim.

 

Pupil feedback:

 ‘This has been the best day ever, can I please stay as a Celt?’

 

‘I really enjoyed getting dressed up as a Celt, especially the face paint’

 

‘My favourite part was making a thumb pot, I will keep my jewels in it just like the Celts did’

 

 

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Bright Sparks

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https://youtu.be/sBmJd1bggZw

In conjunction with Theatre Clwyd the Bright Sparks programme uses performing arts to raise the awareness and importance of STEM, to pupils, parents, carers and teachers, highlighting the skills and local employment opportunities that will/ are available locally and nationally. 

 

Ysgol Maes Y Mynedd

   Ysgol Sandycroft Flintshire

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Ysgol Yr Hendre & North Wales Wildlife Trust

School and community join together to create an allotment garden!

 

    

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Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in AirBus

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Codi’r To

-uses music making to foster confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration