THERE are four main challenges at the heart of the John Muir Award and year six pupils at Potters Gate School have embraced these over the past six months, culminating with the presentation of certificates for their achievements.
The John Muir Trust encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. The four essential challenges are; discover a wild place, explore it, conserve it and share your experience.
Catherine Floyd, year one teacher and Forest School leader, provided the year six pupils with the opportunity and experience to enable and demonstrate their commitment to the principles of the John Muir Trust.
The pupils have conducted litter picks in Farnham and have visited local wild areas for several forest school days. Throughout this they built dens, made fires and learned about their environment.
In May the pupils went on a four day residential visit to Corfe Castle where they explored the beach, went for country hikes and observed the local wildlife.
In addition, the pupils have been tending a vegetable patch at school and have used nature to recreate art during their lessons. A local sculptor has also spent time with the children carving a wooden ‘storytelling’ chair with nature designs inspired by the pupils.
“The children were all very proud to receive their certificates,” said class teacher Jo Linscott.
“I am very proud of the way they have all risen to the challenges of the John Muir Trust. Their knowledge and respect for the outdoors has increased and they have learned to love and celebrate nature.
“In a 21st century world of technology, this healthy outlook will stand them in good stead for the future and the world around them will hopefully benefit.”