In November 2012 we were extremely happy to hear from Weston Park Junior School from Southampton, who told us they had sponsorship from the company Lawtech, enabling them to bring their year 4 pupils for two day trips to the Sustainability Centre.
We worked closely with the teachers to fit their own sustainability topic to create an exciting programme for the pupil. They chose the farm tour and eco- building activities which offered many opportunities for engaging with the natural world, problem solving and getting hands on with materials. Children learned about recycling materials, the use of a variety of different and unusual building materials as well as discovering low impact living and had the chance to see inside a live in yurt with solar panels. They also learned about farming on the South Downs which included a trailer tractor ride with farmer George.
We would like to be able to give this opportunity to more inner city schools, who perhaps struggle with the financial costs of school trips, but whose pupils benefit so greatly from the experience. The cost is only £8 per child plus travel costs. If you know of a company who would be interested in sponsoring a school, please let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org