Last week, we were delighted to run our first ever programme using the John Muir Award, with Silchester Primary School.
The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme which encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. This incorporates all the targets we set for the young people visiting us at Ufton.
Siân, our Ufton Adventure leader who led the session said:
“With diverse woodlands and grounds providing a rich environment for nature, Ufton provides the perfect setting for groups to become connected to wild outdoor places. Silchester Primary have enthusiastically undertaken the four challenges of the John Muir Award:
- They Discovered a wild place on a woodland walk and by challenging themselves on Ufton’s blind trail
- They Explored which animals call Ufton home and how they are adapted to this environment
- They took action to Conserve the environment by creating bird feeders
- Shared their achievements and knowledge during reflection sessions.
“The students recognised the benefits of the Award not just for the environment and wildlife, but also for themselves through increased confidence, sense of adventure and wellbeing all gained by being active outdoors.”
We had some great feedback from the children on their visit to Ufton and taking part in the award:
“I’m normally on my phone but now I feel like I’m an outdoor sort of girl”
“I’ve learnt that nature is beautiful”
“I am more confident and have learnt new skills”
In addition, the teachers from Silchester left some great feedback:
“It has been a brilliant couple of days. The sessions have been fun, kept the children engaged and given them a lot more knowledge of their environment. It has been great for them to work in teams and gain trust. The Ufton Staff have been fantastic”
Our first use of the award was a great success, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more schools on the programme this year!