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16/05/2013
It’s a bugs life
CHILDREN in Hackney now have the chance to learn in the setting of the beautifully renovated Clissold Park, N16.

Year 3 class from Northwold Primary school, N16 attended one of the first workshops of the exciting new curriculum linked Schools Programme at Clissold Park, giving primary and nursery school pupils the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

Cllr Jonathan McShane said: “It’s great to see children in Hackney using the new out door classroom and being able to learn more about Clissold Park and the animals and insects that live there. Since the parks multi million pound transformation many more residents - of all ages - have been enjoying everything it has to offer.”

Mia Davids, aged 8
really enjoyed the workshop said: “I'm terrified of bugs but I had a great time.”

Mohammed A aged 7 said: “I'm having fun working with my group. I learned how some minibeasts have bright colours to scare off predators and some are camouflaged.”

Class teacher, Aysha Hussein said: "It was a fantastic interactive learning experience where all the children had the opportunity to extend their understanding of local habitats."

The 10 interactive workshops of one, two or four hours are linked to Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 and 2. Workshops include ‘A Walk in the Park’, a multi-sensory, child-led adventure around Clissold Park where pupils find out what goes on in the local environment. In ‘Busy Bees and Butterflies’ students explore the park’s new butterfly dome, learn about life cycles and even have a go at honey tasting! ‘Our Park in the Past’ explores the beautifully restored Clissold House where children get to meet Eliza, a house resident from the 19th century.

Each workshop is run by an experienced outdoor education professional, based at Hackney Council’s new outdoor classroom and learning pavilion in the park. Workshops can be tailored to the needs of the children and subjects range from habitats to local history.

Hackney Council is working in partnership with The Garden Classroom to deliver literacy, numeracy and storytelling sessions at Clissold Park. Contact Frances Steele; on 07591504807.

Workshops are available to book now. To find out more or to book a workshop, contact lucy.gijsen@hackney.gov.uk or call her on: 0208 356 4600.


More about Clissold Park and the restoration available here: www.hackney.gov.uk/clissold-park.htm

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