John Muir Award
John Muir Award
As part of the Geography and PE curriculum, our S1 pupils have been given the opportunity to achieve a John Muir Award by discovering and engaging with ‘wild places’ within the local area. The John Muir Award is a UK-wide environmental award scheme that supports experiential learning outside the classroom and celebrates the achievement of young people in conserving ‘wild places’.
The John Muir Award is inclusive and has multiple benefits for all pupils as it can build confidence, enhance employability skills such as leadership, risk-evaluation and teamwork, and can give pupils a real sense of achievement as well as a wide range of experiences to reflect upon in personal statements and interviews, later in life.
Pupils will engage with our local area in various different ways including activities such as conducting litter surveys, measuring the local weather, conducting mini-beast surveys, bird watching, planting wild flower seeds and building wildlife habitats. With input and support from staff members, pupils will complete a daily risk assessment and will take responsibility for discovering, exploring and conserving their wild place as well as sharing their experiences with others in the school and local community.
Pupils will be focusing on ‘wild places’ within the school grounds as well as around the woodland and meadow area at the back of the school, just off Woodend Road.
There are Four Challenges at the heart of the John Muir Award and pupils will be responsible for completing these in Geography and PE lessons.
These challenges are designed to raise awareness, encourage understanding and inspire action to conserve “wild places” all in the spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.