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Local Programmes

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Two alternative workshops that will teach your pupils about how STEM and the environment can work in harmony to improve the future for people of the world.

The Driving Fashion Day includes two challenges (which can be delivered over a full day or as two separate half days).

Eco-Drive tasks students with building a new eco-vehicle as a team. Cars are built using a flat plastic building material and promotes transport thinking to help people get around sustainably. Teams compete to come up with the best inventions.

Our RecyClothes Show enthuses pupils to create their own catwalk fashion brand using clean secondhand clothes. Bringing creativity to life as the teams make a selection of outfits for their ‘models’ culminating in an eco-tastic Fashion Show with catwalk display!

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‘Get Cumbria Buzzing’ is a new education project about pollinators set up by Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT). The project aims to work with schools and local communities to create havens for wild pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies and hoverflies across West Cumbria and the A66.

Get Buzzy!

Throughout march 2019-2022 CWT is providing a range of activity sessions for Primary Schools across the West Coast of Cumbria and along the A66 linked to pollinators and wildflower habitats.

Activities can take place in your school or at a nearby community site and can be tailored to suit your curriculum needs. Example activities are as follows:

The Get Cumbria Buzzing Pollination talk – 30-minute fun & interactive presentation on the importance of pollination for a school assembly or in addition to workshops below
The Bumblebee game – A 1-hour activity that’s great fun and helps to reinforce learning about plant reproduction through pollination. This activity requires some physical activity (running around) and the use of an outdoor play area or indoor hall
The Humble Bumble – A 1-hour session enabling children to learn incredible facts about this very gentle creature, its life cycle and the different species than can be found in the locality and the UK. An interactive PowerPoint session is followed by an opportunity for children to learn how to identify and record the 6 common species of bumblebees safely in and around their school grounds. The records will then be sent to a local and national database and will help our Cumbria pollinator atlas.
The Artful Bee – Get Creative making bumblebee masks or models using a variety of materials whilst learning why bumblebees and other pollinators are so important for the production of the food we eat 1-2 hours’ activity depending on time available.
Wildflower planting – A 1-3-hour activity that’s a bit messy and great fun planting wildflowers in the school grounds or at a local community site (travel expenses paid)
Mini-beast detectives – 1-2-hour activity to discover what insects inhabit wildflowers and investigate how they have adapted to their environment. Learn about why wildflowers are such an important habitat for our wild pollinators and other wildlife. Take a closer look at ‘pollination in action’ and discover what really happens! Can be done in School grounds or tagged onto a wildflower planting session.

Buzzy teachers!
Teacher training sessions can be coordinated to coincide with workshops or as a 1-2 hour after-school session with-in your school. The session will equip teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge and materials to identify bumblebees and other pollinators, run wildflower/pollinator visits and activities and provide pollinator-friendly habitats in your school grounds.

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Phone: 01228 829570

Mobile: 07741 858382

West Cumbria Rivers Trust are bringing the sessions they normally run in primary schools into your home! Join their Learning and Engagement Officer, Cathy Gruba, to learn all about rivers and their amazing wildlife.

  • Episode one – River Words
  • Episode two – Cumbria’s Amazing Freshwater Wildlife
  • Episode three – Pond Dipping
  • Episode four – Pollution
  • Episode five – Slowing the Flow

The Trust have also produced some Activity sheets.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust in the Classroom-

Learn all about West Cumbria’s amazing rivers with our FREE, hands-on educational sessions for KS2.

Wild River Days – We start in the classroom, using Ordnance Survey maps to identify your local rivers, streams and lakes.You’ll find out how different land conditions affect rivers by carrying out a soil experiment, and learn about the amazing animals that live in and along rivers.This session develops critical thinking and problem solving skills.We’ll also think of ways we can save water usage and learn some interesting facts about the new United Utilities pipeline.
We then head to your local river where you’ll use fieldwork techniques to observe, measure and record river features and get into the river for some river dipping! With our one-day option we can bring the river creatures to you if you can’t take part in a field trip.
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One day session (half day in the classroom plus half day field trip or we’ll bring the river to you!)
Two day session (full day in the classroom plus full day field trip)

Assemblies – A great way to introduce learners to rivers.These interactive 30 minute assemblies will cover your local river system, landscape features, geographical river terms and the creatures found in and along the river.We can also discuss the United Utilities new pipeline project and think of some clever ways to save water.

Mussels in the Classroom – Learn about the fascinating, critically endangered freshwater mussel which has its last stronghold in England in the rivers of Copeland. The session includes time spent in the classroom
with activities and completing a work booklet, followed by a trip to the river to see the freshwater mussel using bathyscopes (glass bottom viewing buckets) and underwater cameras.

We can also deliver sessions tailored for you and your class and can adapt them for KS1.

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National Programmes

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Energy Quest is a free schools programme that encourages young people to find out about sustainable energy. The scheme is targeted at KS3 students, aged 11-14.

The first part of the programme is the Energiser Workshop, an interactive workshop facilitated by a STEM expert. The Workshop gives an opportunity for students to explore concepts in physics, design and technology and engineering.

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Although this initiative’s school engagement work is only for schools in Scotland, the website does offer a range of free resources available to teachers anywhere.

Topics include:

  • using and understanding food labels
  • food waste
  • farm to fork

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has an outreach programme. These visits will explore the school grounds with different themes e.g. exploring through the eyes of an animal, hunting for plants and minibeasts. The nearest centre organising these visits is in Newcastle. Visits to local RSPB reserves can also be arranged. The website also offers various resources for schools to download and organise their own wildlife-based activities.

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Where the construction industry is undertaking projects, expert ecologists can be booked to visit local primary schools and run ecology-based workshops.

These workshops are designed to educate and inspire pupils about ecology and the natural environment, whilst also educating students about how the development is being carried out and allowing pupils to engage with members of the developer’s project team.

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Sustainable Learning connects teachers with free learning resources and expert knowledge to inspire children about sustainability through National Curriculum learning.

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Oddizzi is an online, subscription-based geography resource for primary schools. They are dedicated to providing high-quality primary geography resources. Find out more here. 

Browse this round-up of the Ordnance Survey’s most popular educational resources for schools that can help your students grasp map reading and expand place knowledge.

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Global Ocean Education Resource Pack

Included is key information on plastic pollution in the oceans, fun activities to try out in the classroom or at home, easy-to-follow ideas for reducing your plastic footprint and curriculum links for lesson planning.

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Quizzes and Competitions

The Lake District Coast Aquarium is found in Maryport by the Harbour. The Aquarium is home to lots of different fish from all over the world. Complete our quiz about sharks and rays below!

Get Cumbria Buzzing

Test your knowledge with this online quiz all about pollinators. You might have seen the questions posted before on the website but nows a chance to get a certificate. For more information about Cumbria Wildlife Trust take a look at their website www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk.

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Activities for in the classroom or at home

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Get Cumbria Buzzing

Can you identify Pollinators in your garden or during your daily exercise walk? 

Fundamental to the web of life, pollinators help provide one-third of the food we eat, pollinate more than 80% of our flowering plants and contribute around £690 million a year to the UK economy.  Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many wildlife rely on for food and shelter.

However, our wild pollinators are in trouble.  More than half of UK bee, butterfly and moth species have declined in the past 50 years, and 30 species of bee’s face extinction.

Can you spend just 10 minutes a day out in your garden recording the number of Pollinators in your garden to give the CWT vital information on pollinators across Cumbria. The records that you collect will be added to the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre database, providing county and national records.

Use the Bumble Bees and Butterfly spotter guides to identify your species to record on your pollinator recording sheet.

There is also a useful guide on how to record the buzz!

Why not try the Pollinator Quiz and receive a certificate and a FREE packet of seeds  (100% correct entries only) kindly donated by Oakhurst Garden Centre, Cockermouth.

RSPCA – The education team is aiming to provide teachers, parents and carers with engaging activities that will get young people thinking and debating animal issues whilst incorporating subjects such as science and PSHE. Their free resources are easy to access online from your home CLICK HERE

West Cumbria Rivers Trust are bringing the sessions they normally run in primary schools into your home! Join their Learning and Engagement Officer, Cathy Gruba, to learn all about rivers and their amazing wildlife.

  • Episode one – River Words
  • Episode two – Cumbria’s Amazing Freshwater Wildlife
  • Episode three – Pond Dipping
  • Episode four – Pollution
  • Episode five – Slowing the Flow

The Trust have also produced some Activity sheets.