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We are pleased to announce that ‘Discovering Epping Forest’ was shortlisted from hundreds of applications for the Educational Initiative category of the Museums and Heritage awards.
We are almost at the end of the 3 year Discovering Epping Forest programme. It has involved Year 5 classes from 25 local primary schools across the boroughs of Waltham Forest, Epping Forest, Redbridge and Newham. Over 750 school children per year have benefitted from the experience of outdoor learning.
The programme has received excellent feedback from both learners and teachers. “A fantastic project for both children and adults. It is wonderful to learn new skills that children can develop and use for the rest of their life”, said a participating teacher during a recent workshop.
Investigating the impacts of visitors
Becoming a Forest Guardian
Discovering Epping Forest is part of the HLF funded ‘Branching Out’ Project and was developed in partnership with the four education providers of the Forest: FSC Epping Forest Field Centre, Suntrap Forest Education, Epping Forest Centenary Trust and City of London.
Epping Forest Field Centre has played several key roles in the Discovering Epping Forest programme. Centre tutors have taught 3 of the 6 modules that make the programme.
- In Module 1 we helped pupils to explore their local area of Epping Forest using their different senses.
- Module 5 was based at Epping Forest Field Centre and pupils completed a scientific investigation based on the impacts people have on the Forest today.
- Module 6 was titled ‘Children as stakeholders for the future of the Forest’ and was delivered in partnership with the Epping Forest Centenary Trust in an area of Epping Forest close to the school. This final module was a summary of all the previous modules and pupils completed conservation work and took part in games which helped them demonstrate that they had become Forest Guardians.
In addition to delivering the modular programme, staff have coordinated applications and visit arrangements and have conducted the programme’s evaluation and reporting.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012