My Wild School Competition

This year our My Wild School competition is bigger and better than ever!

This June, join hundreds of schools taking part in 30 Days Wild. We're challenging your class to do something a little bit wild every day: that's 30 Days of fun, exciting and simple Random Acts of Wildness. It's easy!
And this year it's bigger and better than ever with our Wild Schools competition!

This year we're asking schools to focus their 30DaysWild journey on reducing plastic - By the end of June we want 10,000 local school children to be aware of the plastics crisis and encourage them to think of ways to reduce or reuse plastics.

There are lots of amazing ways to get started here and we can't wait to see what you come up with too! In July, the school that has most impressed our expert panel with their passion, creativity and commitment to raising awareness and reducing plastic will win a fabulous Wild School Makeover, with runners up receiving our Wild Education Expert FREE Forest School sessions. Please click here for full terms and conditions. Our Wild Schools competition and prizes are only available thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery.

From designing awesome posters to raise community awareness to writing to their local MP or councillor, to swapping handwash bottles for soap bars or pledging to stop buying drinks in one use plastic bottles, the possibilities for schoolchildren to make a difference are endless.

To show the amount of plastic we throw away we'd love to see pictures of sculptures made from plastic waste - Library of Birmingham will exhibit our favourites in September as an Urban Safari for visitors to explore!

And of course, you can go WILD in lots of other ways too, daisychain challenges, outdoor lessons, playtime minibeast hunts, creating a nature table, learning about a favourite wild creature or even using a PE lesson to explore a local wild space! Activities can take just a few minutes a day but help children feel connected to nature making them happier and healthier! 

We're giving a FREE WILD ASSEMBLY to the first five schools to sign up for the Wild Schools Competition - simply email emma.s@bbcwildlife.org.uk to let us know you're taking part!

Terms and Conditions

Primary schools across Birmingham and the Black Country have the chance to win superb prizes for going wild and learning about the issues of plastic waste!
Our oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup and the effects on ocean life are chilling. Plastic is now entering every level of the ocean food chain and even ending up in the seafood on our plates! So this 30 Days Wild we challenge YOUR School to come up with an innovative idea to raise awareness and reduce plastic use!

  • Competition is open to all primary and nursery schools in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton who have signed up to 30DaysWild with an email address we can use to contact them
  • Entries must be received by Friday 6th July 2018
  • You do have to participate in all 30 Days to enter - this competition is about attitude, not rules!
  • Entries to be sent to emma.s@bbcwildlife.org.uk or C/O Wild Schools Competition, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, 42 Norman Street, Birmingham, B18 7EP
  • Entries can be in any form, photos, films, animations, displays, letters, diary entries, pictures, sculptures… let your imagination run wild! Please send us pictures of large sculptures or artworks.
  • Entries must be sent with a completed entry form, please download below.
  • Entries will be judged on the quality of ideas and the passion, attitude and dedication shown.
  • Our judging panel is made up of our expert education and wildlife team
  • Winners will be notified by 16th July with sessions to be organised in Autumn term. Where possible a member of staff will arrange with the school to attend an assembly where it is announced they have won!

Good luck, and go WILD!

Previously The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, supported by the People's Postcode Lottery, ran a competition for primary schools and pre-schools in Birmingham & the Black Country. We held a celebration day and awards ceremony for the three winners of our Wild Schools Competition at our EcoPark environment centre in Small Heath. A video taken on this day can be seen here:

 


Our gold medal winners were Regents Park Community Primary who won a wild makeover for their school grounds. 

Rebecca Scott and her class took part in the 30 Days Wild challenge in June. They all attempted to engage with nature every day for 30 days and wrote blog posts about it as well as some summaries of what they’d learnt by the end.


This illustrated the changes it had made to these children’s lives brilliantly and we really hope that many more children’s lives at Regents Park Community Primary will be wilder now! 


There were two Silver Award winners, who won free forest school sessions with The Trust thanks to support from players of the People's Postcode lottery, they were:-



Green Meadow Primary

This was another fantastic entry with both a video and a book detailing their wild adventures. They  looked around their school grounds discovering what lives there and finding out more about the wildlife there is.


Their entry was full of facts about wildlife and you can see a great depth of learning there. 


Abbey Catholic Primary - We were astounded when the entry arrived from Abbey.  It was huge, and full of such enthusiasm and brilliant stories about the children’s wild adventures. It was great to see the children getting so much wild time and we really hope they’ll get more in future.

These were the youngest children to enter and we hope that starting this young will give them a great love of nature that will stay with them throughout their lives.


TV personality, naturalist and ambassador for the Wildlife Trusts’ Forest Schools project, Nick Baker, presented the awards to the schools and also be ran some bug hunting sessions with the children to help them to discover the wonders of what lives among the autumn leaves. 

Representatives from The Trust and the People's Postcode Lottery were at the ceremony which was  filmed by Big Centre TV and also attended by local councillor Mohammed Laikalaq.

More photos of this event can be seen here:

 

My Wild School - EcoPark

 

November 2015, saw the launch of a new initiative from The Wildlife Trust for Birmngham and the Black Country called ‘Every Child Wild’ to inspire more teachers and parents to reconnect children with nature.

We want stories such as those of these schools to do that. Any schools wanting to find out more about outdoor learning should contact The Trust via info@bbcwildlife.org.uk or 0121 523 0094


More information about the work we do with schools and our school membership offers is available in the brochure below:

 

 

 

 

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