There are a number of education resources that support learning in the Biosphere Reserve. These a brief summaries. Follow the links (green) to find out more and to request copies.
The environment itself - this is the very best resource as we need to get more people outside and reconnecting with nature. Why? Check out the video from Project Wild Thing
People and Environment - Developed by Devon Curriculum Services in partnership with teachers and pupils, this is a suite of learning and teaching materials for primary schools focused on North Devon's Biosphere Reserve - its past, present and future.
Nature Works - Developed through the northern Devon Nature Improvement Area project this teacher's pack contains a scheme of work with 3 lines of enquiry, plus a resources section full of materials to help support your work in schools. The pack is aimed at KS1 & 2 with ideas suitable for work at KS3 and upwards. The pack is available on CD and has been sent out to schools within or near the NIA.
3Cs - Coppice, Charcoal, Create - a Learning Pack has been produced by project partners Courage Copse Creatives. The pack can be used as a standalone educational resource aiming to inspire activities to support the curriculum including Forest School, design and technology, art and living history
Hedgeucation - A leaflet with some simple activities for children related to Devon hedges. Hedgerow bingo, food web game, scavenger hunt, hedge sounds, hedge postcards. There are also activities linked to science, geography, English language, art and history within the National Primary Curriculum. Leaflet produced with support from DCC, English Nature and Defra.
Ten Lines of Enquiry - Learning tools for subjects such as history, geography, science and art based on Devon's hedgerow heritage . Each of the ten 'lines of enquiry' has a ‘Scheme of Work' with curriculum linked learning objectives; a suggested step by step process through the topic; and opportunities for progression. These learning resources are targeted primarily at children at Key Stage 2 (aged 7 to 11).
Biosphere Dome and Trailer
The Biosphere Dome and trailer provide excellent covered outdoor space for field activities. They are avilable to hire for free from the North Devon Biosphere Foundation
Project Wild Thing
Giants in the Forest
Giants in the Forest - Creative writing inspired by the natural environment of the River Torridge where three giant wicker heads sewn with native plants look down over the river and the Tarka Trail near Torrington. Teachers notes and examples of children's writing from 2012.
Kew gardens' Great plant Hunt
The Great Plant Hunt - The Great Plant Hunt develops children's understanding of the natural world and is an ideal free resource to help you teach the primary science curriculum from year 1 to year 6. A plethora of online and downloadable resources for teachers and children developed by the Wellcome Trust and Kew Gardens.
OPAL – the open air laboratories project. This is a national project that has developed a whole series of citizen science resources to help school children and adults do real scientific studies where the data they collect counts towards building a national as well as local understanding. Try out their surveys on air pollution, hedge biodiversity, the creatures of your pond and many others