Great British Nature Day 2017

On Monday 20th March St Faith’s hosted its inaugural Great British Nature Day.

The aim was to turn our pupils’ attention to developing an increased respect and affection for the wonderful natural history of the British Isles. Over 100 lessons were specifically prepared for the day; in Humanities our Year 7 classes studied the unique ecosystem of the Fens, Year 8 focused on the life of the honey bee in Science (including honey-tasting and waggle-dancing!), Year 4 calculated the height and age of trees in Mathematics and in Art produced some remarkable owl sculptures. English classes looked at Tennyson’s The Brook, and du Maurer’s description of Cornish fauna and flora in Rebecca. Engineering lessons considered the types of wood produced by our native trees and their use in product design and explored how nature inspires engineering designs. Pre Prep were also in on the action and spent the morning out on a nature walk around Cambridge.

Topping off what was an already a stimulating day for our pupils we held a special extended assembly with guest speaker Nick Baker from BBC’s ‘Really Wild Show’. He spoke to pupils about his favourite animals, many of which are native to Britain, including bees and basking sharks, as well as offering tips and advice on how to spot creatures in and around your own garden.

The children were unanimous in their positive responses. We believe that this day reflects our school ethos of respect and responsibility, signalled by our Green Flag status as an eco-school. We hope that this is the first of many Great British Nature Days here at St Faith’s, and perhaps one day, further afield, who knows?

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