The UK’s Green Poet pays a visit to the New Forest

Martin Kiszko, the UK's green poet inspires year 5 pupils from Beechwood Junior School at Testwood Lakes

Martin Kiszko, the UK’s green poet inspires year 5 pupils from Beechwood Junior School at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve, Totton

At Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve in Totton, 60 year 5 pupils from Beechwood Junior School, Southampton have just taken part in a unique day of eco-challenges and a water-inspired poetry workshop. The children are right at the beginning of their topic ‘Keen to be green’ and the water cycle, so booked a day at the Testwood Lakes Education Centre to give them a hands-on experience.

The two teachers from the school were keen for the children in their classes to take part in a day that would inspire them to want to lead the way in their school with being more eco-friendly. By lunch time the children in small teams had used a map to locate eight places where they had 10 minutes to undertake an ‘eco-challenge’. These ranged from planting seeds in newspaper pots and making musical instruments from bottle-tops to playing a giant board-game.

After lunch the children enjoyed a dramatic and entertaining poetry performance from Martin Kiszko, the UK’s Green Poet. With poems aimed at engaging children with titles such as ‘Poo Power!’ the children learnt about poor sanitation in developing countries and how to be more eco-friendly by saving water. Children then had the opportunity to write and perform their own poems.

If you are a teacher interested in booking a similar day for your pupils at Testwood Lakes Education Centre please contact Grace and Sarah on testwoodlakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Visit our website to find out what other programmes we provide at Testwood Lakes: www.hiwwt.org.uk

 

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