In the past two weeks we have had 3 different groups to the centre to experience our new Darwin course. These groups of primary school age children have had the opportunity to come to Preston Montford and mirror local scientist Charles Darwin for two days. During their one night stay they had the chance to explore, to create, to learn about Darwin and above all else think. The children created pieces of natural art that Pablo Picasso would be proud of, using materials that can be found on our diverse grounds. Taking part in some darwinteering this gave them the chance to explore our grounds using a map whilst being reminded about the importance of team work.
Other activities included pond dipping, mammal trapping, an egg drop and learnt how they can help any wildlife at home and in school. During their stay at Preston Montford we asked the children to complete the Darwin Challenge. This consists of them developing a range of skills and qualities including team work, independence, politeness and respect for others, amongst other things. One of my personal highlights during the Darwin course is the bonfire which encourages singing, creativity, storytelling and hot chocolate.
Over the past 3 Darwin taster sessions I have been able to see what is required when teaching younger children of a primary school age. This has allowed me to adapt my teaching style and delivery to cater for the needs of the group and to explain things in a way that everyone can understand. I look forward to taking more of a leading role in these sessions and therefore develop my knowledge and teaching ability.
If you would like to get in contact with us please contact, Jess Pugh on firstname.lastname@example.org
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