John Muir Certificates

20th February 2020

We are delighted to share the award of our first John Muir Award certificates,a national environmental award that encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. The award is not competitive, but should challenge each participant. There are four challenges in this award:

Discover a wild place; explore it; conserve it; share your experiences.

We are very pleased to have added this award to our range of outdoor learning experiences. The children will be consolidating their skills by making shelters, using tools and building fires.The children completed the Discovery Level award. This entailed over 25 hours exploring, discovering and conserving the Forest School site. They took part in an OPAL soil and worm survey, found out about some of the trees on site including working out their approximate age. We also enjoyed hiking to Park Mount and exploring the woodland site. While we were on our hike we also used the Wild Art Trail app to discover nature facts about our area. We also learnt about the life and adventures of John Muir and his connection to National Parks. The children made a PowerPoint presentation about their award and shared it with friends and class teachers. Well done to Kiera, Freya and Charlie, and thanks to Mrs Agate and Mrs Ansell for their oversight.