Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Schools News

Close up and personal.....

Last week the project visited two Derbyshire schools with peregrine assemblies and class work. 
So hello to anyone, indeed everyone, at both Stretton Handley Primary and Holmesdale Infants. What attentive and well behaved pupils - and such good questions and so many of them! It was a real pleasure to visit both schools. If there are any more teachers out there wanting a (really rather low-cost/subsidised) visit to their school, please get in touch via peregrines@derbyshirewt.co.uk . We have one more school booked and one new enquiry - but could easily take on a few more before the end of June.

Maria Desborough talks about the 2009 stuffed Derby
juvenile at Stretton Handley School

The drawing (below)of a food chain which includes a peregrine was made by Luka, a very keen lad at Stretton Handley School who had recently been down to Rutland Water with his family to see the ospreys there as well as taking a great interest in the Derby falcons.

Wheat-pigeon-peregrine: a food chain drawn by Luka
from Stretton Handley School

Meanwhile. Ian Layton our Engagement Officer, has been working hard behind the scenes to develop both resources boxes and an education pack for schools, aided by a team of teachers and staff from the county council. These new HLF-funded resources won't be available for a while yet but will be trialled in a few schools during the summer. (Ian is also now working on setting up the Watch Points to start in late May. If anyone wants to offer to help with any of these please email Ian at peregrines@derbyshirewt.co.uk .

Nick B (DWT)


Phoebe said...

It is so good to see the children being educated in the life of peregrines and other wildlife. The drawing of the food chain is excellent! I hope you get more schools interested. We need children to know and understand what happens in the wild. Well done!

Caroline said...

I really like Luka's drawing. Well done everyone at both schools!

Anonymous said...

Those children are so lucky to see what is actually a real peregrine falcon. I never saw one until I was about 55 years old, they were special and rare birds when I was young, only for the the privileged few. And in our turn, we're lucky that children are being taught. The only way we can help nature is to make sure we hand the torch of passion on. We too can all still learn lots too - it was very interesting to see the bird with something to scale it by, it's hard to do that just from the webcam, great as the webcam is. I can see that Luka is also a smart lad who's really "got it" food chain wise.
I well remember how sad we were when that Derby juvenile perished but I'm glad that some good has come from a sad thing in that we can learn from the stuffed specimen.

Green Class said...

we have been looking on the computer and we have seen the peregrine felcon on her eges. the mayul berd was on the ston bit . the mayul mite have been looking for food. the feymaylul has to sit on the egges intil thay are a bit worme so then she can go and get food for her self. then she can cum back to her egges and move her egges around.

Georgia potts at gorsefield school said...

We saw the chick I was amazed when I saw the chick I hope all the chicks are safe and well