|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
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 email@example.com or call her on: 0208 356 4600.
More about Clissold Park and the restoration available here: www.hackney.gov.uk/clissold-park.htm