For one lucky school and for one day only, the answer was yes!
Children at Godolphin Primary School were treated to lessons including den building, leaf rubbings of identified trees and plants and looking at habitats and identifying the creatures that live within these certain habitats. The outdoor lessons also included orienteering exercises which used compass and pacing work to help incorporate curriculum aspects such as literacy and numeracy skills.
Degree students, from Outdoor Education foundation degree at Truro and Penwith College, ran the lessons using their knowledge and passion to teach the children in a diverse and fun lesson.
Programme coordinator Drew Pilley stated “The opportunity for the university students to be invited into a school and experience life as a teacher was brilliant. Both the students, children and teachers were delighted with how they day run and we can’t wait to come back to do it again. The students used these lessons as part of their degree by delivering lessons that combined outdoor skills with key stage 3 and 4 curriculum work”.
Following the overwhelming success of the day, schools across the county have been encouraged to adopt a similar scheme with the help of the University students and can contact Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org