Axe Wetlands is a great place to learn

PUBLISHED: 10:56 11 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:56 11 March 2013

Pupils from Seaton Primary school discover what lives in the underwater world of the Axe Estuary Wetlands.

Pupils from Seaton Primary school discover what lives in the underwater world of the Axe Estuary Wetlands.

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Teachers are being invited back to the classroom to find out more about Seaton’s wildlife haven

The rich diversity of plants and wildlife along the River Axe is the focus of a new teaching initiative.

East Devon District Council is about to launch a learning pack for schools, which concentrates on the wetlands.

Education ranger Meg Knowles and primary curriculum advisor David Weatherly are leading a teacher training day on Monday, April 15. It takes place at the Wetlands education centre.

A spokesman said the government has made it clear that the new slimmed-down national curriculum will only identify ‘the essentials of human knowledge and understanding’, providing more professional space for schools to design their own, broad and balanced, curriculum, using their local environment.

In addition, the government’s new teacher standards require teachers to demonstrate they can plan out-of-class activities to “consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired”.

Co-authored by Meg and David, the new teaching pack aims to support the continued professional development of primary school teachers by providing them with an engaging and challenging cross-curricular resource for seven to 11-year-old pupils.

The Axe Estuary Wetlands that lie between Seaton and Colyford provide a tremendous outdoor learning space where, as part of the new education programme, children can take part in engaging practical fieldwork activities to extend and consolidate their classroom-based learning on the topic of rivers.

Managed by East Devon District Council, the Wetland reserves are a rich mosaic of habitats that are a haven for wildlife – offering an exciting and safe wild learning space.

Built on stilts over a reed bed, the Wetlands classroom offers a fabulous all-weather facility for visiting school groups and an ideal base from which to explore the area.

Teachers interested in booking a place at the training day should contact the East Devon District Council Countryside team on (01395) 517557 or email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk


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