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Pupils take on role as earth magicians for environment

Bruce Ferguson from Northern Education For Sustainability with Thropton First School pupils and their Earth Magic awards.

Bruce Ferguson from Northern Education For Sustainability with Thropton First School pupils and their Earth Magic awards.

Pupils at a north Northumberland school turned into earth magicians to learn more about their natural environment.

Youngsters from Thropton First School embarked on the Earth Magic programme, which looks at human impacts on the natural world.

The children have taken on the project as part of their quest to achieve a Green Flag award.

Earth Magic started with a day at Kielder, during which they had to find out what WASSAP stood for.

Once they had discovered it was water, air, soil, sun, animals and plants they participated in discovery-based activities.

They learnt how the cycles of air, soil and water work and discovered how sunshine energy powers all life on earth through food chains.

The school then spent a term looking at animals and plants and looking at various man-made environmental problems through a number of projects.

An important element of the project is using their knowledge to make informed decisions.

The programme was delivered by the Northern Education for Sustainability (NEST), alongside Northumberland National Park.

Brian Ferguson from NEST said: “Earth Magic is a new approach to engaging learners in science, literacy, numeracy and sustainability issues that will hopefully have a lifelong effect on them and a school-wide influence.”

Pupils will also look at ways of reducing their on impact on nature and see what lifestyle challenges can be made to do this.

 

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