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Reception pupils learning about local birdlife as part of Cultural Enrichment Programme

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Friday 01 December 2023

Reception students will be looking to the skies for lessons about birds this term, as primary schools are working with La Societe Guernesiase to deliver a special class on the glories of nature.

The lessons are part of Education's Cultural Enrichment Programme, which aims to ensure students all receive a well-rounded education including learning outside of the classroom. Earlier this year that included a focus on food around the world and learning about other cultures through books.

This time it has been the turn of reception pupils, who are being taught by Becky Ogier from La Societe for Nature, History and Science in Guernseyabout local bird life.

Ms Ogier was most recently at Vauvert, where they learnt about the Robin, Blue Tit, Seagull, and of course, the puffin. The children also shared their own knowledge about birds, and then got the chance to make their own bird feeders, combining lard, bird seed and cardboard tubes.

Kim Hutchison, Head of Primary Leadership and Development, said:

"The Cultural Enrichment Programme is all about helping our young students learn about the world around them. As per the Education Strategy, we want to ensure our education system gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed, and while much of that comes from inside the classroom, a lot of lessons are learned outside as well.

"We are hugely grateful to the delightful and insightful Becky Ogier for her delivery of these classes. It is hugely important that our pupils learn about nature as well as everything else, and Becky shared some of her vast knowledge of our islands' beautiful birds with them. Hopefully their new bird feeders will now give them the opportunity to meet some of the wildlife they've learned about."

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