City of Trees takes the classroom outdoors

23 May 2019

As part of Outdoor Classroom Day (23 May) City of Trees held outdoor learning sessions with Hawthorns Primary Special School in Audenshaw, Manchester.

Working with four year groups and as part of the Trees for Learning programme, pupils got to experience the classroom among the trees.

A ‘senses trail session’ was held with Years 2 and 3 where children explored the five senses; sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, using the trees and the habitats around the school outdoor area.

Introducing questions like - How many colours can we find in the woodlands? What do hedgehogs smell in our gardens? – allowed pupils to understand what the trees and the creatures that share our greenspaces may see, hear and taste.

City of Trees also worked with Years 5 and 6 on a minibeast safari session, where the children learnt about the different habitats where bugs live.

The pupils also got to try their hand at survey techniques with nets and magnifying lenses. Using ID guides and kits they learnt basic Identification skills as well as how to create homes for wildlife including spiders and bees.