Teaming up with the RSPB to add curriculum context to a really Wild Challenge
Using the natural environment when teaching is an important part of science education and something the ASE strongly advocates, which is why we're proud to support the RSPB's great Wild Challenge Award, and have been working with the nation's largest nature conservation charity to help teachers embrace the initiative.
The RSPB Wild Challenge Award urges children to explore their local environment (safely, of course) by issuing a series of simple challenges that have been designed to teach them about nature. Children are encouraged to work through the activities to earn "awards", in order to complete each activity and move a step closer to getting your award, you need to submit some confirmation to show that you've done it. This could be a photo, a drawing, a video, even a piece of writing, showing or describing their adventure.
There is already an excellent teacher-facing component of the project - the Schools Wild Challenge Award - which we thoroughly urge teachers to investigate when everyone is back in school. However, given the current Covid-19 situation we at the ASE wanted to help with the other side of the project, one orginally created for families to complete without educator input.
We wanted to help teachers consider whether they might be able to suggest these activities as part of their home-schooling delivery, so have created a series of worksheet to acompany each Wild Challenge that outlines specific aspects of the national curriculums of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that the activity might cover.
You'll find the first three activities below, and we'll be adding two more each week - on Tuesday and Thursday mornings - until the beginning of June. We hope you find them useful...