Left to right, Miss Lapinskis (Brixington Primary Academy School), Mrs Tetley and Mrs Hughes (Both Beacon C of E Primary School)

EDDC Education Rangers run sessions for teachers outdoors

As part of the ‘Naturally Healthy Devon Schools Project’, teachers from five Exmouth Primary Schools met on Exmouth beach to discover new ways to develop their teaching outdoors.

Sessions were run by officers from East Devon District Council, Exe Estuary Partnership and Devon Wildlife Trust and included rock pooling, shelter building, crafts using natural materials and lessons in geology. They showed teachers how learning outdoors can be incorporated into the national curriculum and can benefit health, wellbeing, behaviour and attainment.

Alex Turner, East Devon Education Ranger and Hub Leader for the Naturally Healthy Devon Schools in East Devon, said: ‘’The teachers had a fantastic day learning new skills and activities from each other and from our local experts.

‘’The day on the beach aimed to equip teachers with the skills and confidence to use the beach more often for lessons, which can have many benefits for the wellbeing and educational outcomes of pupils.’’

The Naturally Healthy Schools Project is a two year project being coordinated in East Devon by the Education Rangers from East Devon District Council Countryside team. The project extends the work of the Natural Connections Demonstration Project which started in Bristol, Cornwall, Torbay and Plymouth and is funded by CPRE Devon, Natural England and the Devon Local Nature Partnership. To find out more about the Countryside team education work please visit: eastdevoncountryside.gov.uk or contact the Countryside team on 01395 517557 or email them at Countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk .