Hi. I'm due to start a new job at a secondary school, running after school clubs from Monday to Thursday. One of the clubs that I want to run is a wildlife conservatiob club. Does anyone know of any appropriate indoot activities I can do with them? The students will be aged between 11 and 16 years.
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(The reason why I am saying indoor activities is because the club is based in the library and I don't think we're allowed to leave to do activites outside)
Not being involved with the education profession, I'm probably the worst person to reply, my background was youth work back in the 80's and Scouting up to around ten years ago. However, I don't believe in giving in, and certainly not without trying at the very least.
A quick internet search using "rspb secondary school indoor activities" did bring up: "Big Schools' Birdwatch", on the following link
I don't know what restrictions are imposed on taking young people outside, even just within the school grounds, so long as the supervising adult/teacher, has the appropriate skills, first aid qualifications and instant communication with whoever inside the school buildings.
If it was me, then I'd be tempted to see if working within the guidelines provided, was able to take the young people out to a nominated place within the school grounds, where they can properly experience nature.
I would put together a program, risk asses it, provide an emergency plan that if you needed to be contacted, or need to contact someone for assistance, and then put a proposal to the head teacher. Even better if you can get two or three other fellow colleagues on board to give that bit of outdoor support.
When I first took on a scout group, in the first couple of months I was continually getting road blocks, even though I'd risk assessed the activities in accordance with the Scout Association guidelines at the time plus the better than the basic qualifications and skills to safely carry out the activities, plus support from a couple of leaders and adult helpers to ensure all was safe.
I persevered, and eventually I managed to get the full backing, and the added bonus, as courses came up to better my skills, the scout group happily paid for them and I had scouts getting the full benefit of indoor and outdoor activities.
Three of them are now leaders undertaking similar activities, in full confidence.
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In reply to Mike B:
In reply to Danni F:
Danni F said:Thanks. It's not so much a case of me not being qualified to take them outside. I also work as a teaching assistant at the same school and have all the skills\experience and certifications etc to do outdoor stuff. I have to remain in the library because there may well be other students using the facilities who are not partaking in the club. Big schools birdwatching is definitely something I'll look into though.
Probably a starting point is: "Big Schools' Birdwatch", though I'm sure there will be other resources. Also have a look at the local Wild Life Trust, and other organisations, they may be able to help.
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In reply to Seaman:
Danni F said:Thank you. I'll let you know how I get on
Please do, you never know, it may help someone else in the future as well.
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