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Studious Kids Rewarded With Zoo Visit

Children from four schools in Coventry and Rugby will visit London Zoo next week as part of a celebration of an after-school project run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

The 37 youngsters are going to the zoo on Thursday 25 May courtesy of the Department for Education and Employment.

They were all involved in an after-school study support project piloted by the education team at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre.

Year 6 pupils from Frederick Bird Primary in Hillfields, Coventry and St Margaret’s Primary, Wolston were involved along with Year 7 children from Sidney Stringer Community Technology College in Hillfields, Coventry and Bilton High School in Rugby

A £10,000 grant from the DfEE enabled Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to transport the children from their school to Brandon Marsh for activities designed to support parts of the science curriculum as well as developing social skills.

Activities included measuring and ageing trees, a study of pond creatures and birds, and discovering more about rabbits, bats and trees.

At London Zoo the children will meet and be presented with certificates by David Bellamy.

The visit will be a way of rewarding the children for their voluntary participation in the scheme and give them the opportunity to explore the exhibits at the zoo.

On the day there will be children from two other Wildlife Trusts involved in the project, London and Northumberland as well as other partners in the project.

Sarah Oakley, Education Officer at the Trust, said:

“There is no doubt this project has been a success. Not only were the children extremely enthusiastic and eager to learn more about wildlife, but the teachers from the school involved have been extremely supportive commenting on children’s increased enthusiasm for science at school.

“It is sad to see this project come to an end but we hope we will be able to provide more children with a similar experience with funding from the New Opportunities Fund.”

Any person wanting more information on the educational opportunities for children and schools offered by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust should contact a member of the Education Team on 024 7630 8994 or 7630 8977.

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