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Biodiversity beckons for Britannia Village Primary students

26/02/2015

100 students across years 2 and 6 at Britannia Village Primary School have taken off to Greenwich Park this week to get their hands dirty - and learn about biodiversity.

The trips, which were funded by London City Airport and run by the Field Studies Council, gave the students fun, kinaesthetic learning experiences using the park’s natural environment to stimulate learning.

For the year 2’s, the day kicked off with a scavenger hunt along their walk through the park, and students were challenged to find something slimy, a seed, something crunchy and an insect, to name just a few.

Through a range of activities and games, pupils then investigated how plants survive, breathe, reproduce and grow. A germination game introduced students to the conditions that seeds need in order to grow, and a relay race helped them to learn how different seeds are dispersed through various channels.

The highlight of the day for all was discovering how squirrels can impact plant growth through an interactive role play. Every child was given a raisin, their imaginary seed, which they had to bury before lunch and try to find after lunch - which many found difficult! This brought to life how squirrels and other rodents play their role in both terminating, and sometimes spreading, plant seeds.

Ian Murphy, from Britannia Village Primary School, commented: “We had such a wonderful day, the FSC staff were extremely knowledgeable and had created fantastically interactive games and activities in order to cater for all of the learning needs of the children. The day met and exceeded all of our expectations, mainly because the FSC had tailored the learning perfectly around the topics that we informed them we are doing at the moment. The facilities were great and the children particularly enjoyed eating their picnic in the deer hide. It has really been a wonderful experience for the children and a great supplement to our lessons at school.”

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