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Natural Scotland Week 2024

Only if we understand, we can care.

Yet, understanding and caring for nature starts with connecting with it and remembering that no matter where we are, we are in nature and we are nature.

Join us for a week of wonderful lessons that will help us discover a bit more about how fascinating nature is, and inspire us with ways to connect and enjoy the beauty of our natural world, even if it is a humble weed!  

We are grateful to our partners from the Scottish Government, Scottish Book TrustWild Spaces (Butterfly Conservation), Buglife and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) for their support in making this week of lessons happen.

                   

Activity for the week: Land Art Competition

In our aim to support and encourage pupils’ and adults’ connection to and enjoyment of nature, we will invite pupils to explore the Land Art movement and the work of British artist Andy Goldsworthy, and to create a collective or individual artwork representing what the phrase ‘Nature is Happiness’ feels to them.

Please submit photos of no more than 5 artworks per class to ecoschools@keepscotlandbeautiful.org by 5pm Monday 20th of May. All entries received by 3pm Thursday 16th of May will also be displayed during Friday's Assembly.  

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Early Years - P3

Author and illustrator Sally Anne Garland will joined us with her book ‘The Chalk Garden’. She used her wonderful drawing skills to teach us how to draw some of the bugs we can see in our gardens!

P4 to S2

Lesson 1: Senses

We kickstarted the week with activities to awaken our senses to connect with nature. We journeyed through our own sensations of the world around us, and also looked at what animals can sense that we can't.

Lesson 2: Butterfly Conservation

Through their programme Wild Spaces, our friends from Butterfly Conservation joined us with a fabulous lesson where we will unpacked the secrets and beauty of the simplest forms of nature that surround all of us wherever we are: weeds and wildflowers, and their vital role supporting all forms of life, especially butterflies and moths!

Lesson 3: Buglife

Many of us are creating bug hotels and gardens to increase and support wildlife in our surroundings. But how much do we actually know about the bugs that we are trying to support? Our friends from Buglife will helped us discover how spectacular invertebrates are, by looking at some of the common ones we can find in our grounds.    

Lesson 4: RSPB

We all love birds! And why not? Their calls, their colours and the way they fly are great companions and source of wellbeing. For the final lesson of the week we were delighted to be joined by our friends from RSPB, with whom we learned why birds are so special, from the common wren to the endangered corncrake.

Lesson 5: Celebratory Assembly

Assembly revisiting all concepts learned throughout the week, answering any questions sent to our guests, and displaying all the work shared with us throughout the week.

Resources from our partners to take the lessons further:

Wild Spaces (Butterfly Conservation): Identify a Species

Buglife: Identify a bug

RSPB: Save Our Seabirds Board Game

RSPB: Corncrake Calling Game

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