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Winter in Cassiobury Park

It might feel like the middle of winter but there’s still plenty going on in Cassiobury Park. This term all schools visiting Cassiobury are challenged to enter our poet-tree competition.

As part of every visit the children will be given the chance to write a poem based on what they have experienced during their visit.

The best poem from each school will receive a prize and go on to be entered into the borough-wide competition. If you can’t make it to the park then your class is still welcome write a poem about Cassiobury to enter the competition.

Popular topics for visits include:

  • Life cycles and living things (Science, KS1 and KS2)
  • Mapping skills and human impact on the environment (Geography KS2 and KS3)
  • Local and national history (History KS1-3)
  • Art skills and history, particularly the work of JMW Turner and Antony Gormley
  • Forest school sessions – a fun and challenging, adventure-driven experience, encouraging confidence, responsibility and social skills development
  • Free assemblies about the park at your school

Please have a look at the attached newsletter to find out more. If you could print out a copy to go on the staffroom notice board and / or forward to Colleagues who might be interested that would be wonderful. I’ve also attached a flyer for an the Ghosts of Cassiobury event I’m running at Watford museum on 17 February if you could pass that on to whoever complies the school’s ‘Friday letter’ that would be amazing.

Teacher Letter January 2017
Ghosts of Cassiobury Event Poster

Air Quality Investigation for KS3 Geography

East Herts Council Health and Wellbeing has been working with the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) to deliver the Air Quality Improvement for Schools project at Richard Hale and during the Spring Term 2016 to Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth.

New Geography Association Teaching Resources

The Geographical Association have some new resources for teachers:

  • Geography Plus: Primary Teachers' Toolkit. Australia Here We Come! Exploring a distant place (CD)
  • Geography Plus: Primary Teachers' Toolkit. Living in the Freezer: Investigating polar environments
  • GIS Made Easy: Geography lessons using GIS - KS3.
    The aim of this book is to develop teachers' knowledge and confidence in utilising and integrating online GIS into geography lessons to promote engagement and enjoyment.

For more details of these and other resources visit the GA bookshop online at:

 

Cassini Map Teaching Set

Cassini have recently launched Cassini Map Teaching Set, a cross-curricular teaching resource that allows pupils to develop their map skills and explore their local area through comparative historical and present-day mapping. For more information:

 

Prince's Rainforests Project For Schools

The Prince's Rainforests Project has launched a variety of new schemes, competitions and lesson ideas on their colourful schools website.