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John Muir Conservation Award

15 May 2020   |   John Gilliard   |   Springwell Leeds

As part of the enhanced home learning offer at Springwell Leeds North, a group of over 20 students are being supported to complete the John Muir conservation award by completing projects at home and in their community.

The award encourages young people to explore the environment around them and take some practical action to help conserve it.

For the first part of their award, students have had some compost, a planter and bedding plants delivered with their home learning packs. As their plants grow and flower, students will take pictures and record changes in their plants and any wildlife that they see.

This has been a great way to engage students while they are working from home, encouraging them to get outdoors in a safe way. The structured nature of the activities means it offers a way for children to work productively with other members of their family, on a purposeful and meaningful project. The award supports the development of many SEMH skills such as building self-awareness,
confidence, and key skills for learning. These skills will be useful in helping students manage the transition back to school, as well as being able to continue their award work in the school setting.

Future parts of the award will include students making bird feeders and a bug hotel. The award is a great way for students to actively engage in conservation and increase their awareness of their local environment as well as being an excellent way to help support mental health and wellbeing.

The John Muir award forms part of the wider outdoor curriculum in at Springwell Leeds, which also includes the Duke of Edinburgh award.


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