My Wild School Competition Winners

Meet the three primary schools who are celebrating winning fantastic prizes, having been crowned Birmingham’s wildest schools in our 'My Wild School' competition.

This summer 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 want all children in Birmingham and the Black Country to have outdoor learning experiences because we know how much it inspires them, helps to build their confidence and develop skills. This competition was a great way to promote that.  Schools were invited to show us the passion that they and their children have for wildlife and what they can learn from it. 

On Monday 16th November 2015, we held a celebration day and awards ceremony for the three winners of this 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: